In literature, a lyrical poem. In Ancient Greece an ode was recited to mus. acc. In its mus. sense, the term often means a ceremonial work, e.g. Purcell's Ode for St Cecilia's Day and Elgar's Coronation Ode, but sometimes the term is used for works with particular significance to the composer, e.g. Elgar's The Music Makers and Stravinsky's Ode: Elegiacal Chant.