What does melodrama mean?

melodrama meaning in General Dictionary

an extravagant comedy by which action is more salient than characterization

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  • previously a kind of crisis having a musical accompaniment to intensify the result of specific views Now a crisis abounding in romantic belief and excruciating situations with a musical accompaniment only in parts that are specifically thrilling or ridiculous In opera a passageway when the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment whilst the star speaks while the melodrama in gravedigging scene of Beethovens ldquoFideliordquo
  • Formerly, a kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the consequence of certain scenes. Now, a drama abounding in intimate belief and agonizing circumstances, with a musical accompaniment just in parts that are specifically thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage where the orchestra plays a notably descriptive accompaniment, although the star speaks; as, the melodrama into the gravedigging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".

melodrama meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1784 (1782 as melo drame), "a stage-play which tracks were interspersed and music accompanied the action," from French m


melodrama - German to English

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melodrama meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) Formerly, a type of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of particular scenes. Today, a drama abounding in romantic belief and excruciating circumstances, with a musical accompaniment just in parts that are especially thrilling or ridiculous. In opera, a passage when the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, although the star talks; as, the melodrama when you look at the gravedigging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".


Sentence Examples with the word melodrama

His Pygmalion (1775) is a melodrama without singing.

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