Polyphonism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Polyphonism Polyphony.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n polyphonism Multiplicity of sounds, as in the reverberations of an echo.
    • n polyphonism In music, the use of polyphony, or the state of being polyphonic in structure.
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Usage

In literature:

What you want is polyphonic music.
"The Wrong Box" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
The Old Dear now put a penny in the slot of the polyphone, and winding it up started it playing.
"The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" by Robert Tressell
His polyphonic style and interweaving themes demand close study in order to make the meaning clear.
"Violin Mastery" by Frederick H. Martens
Then follows a short Allegro in three-four time, of polyphonic character.
"The Pianoforte Sonata" by J.S. Shedlock
The great Bach infused this into his fugues, the highest manifestation of the contrapuntal, or polyphonic music of old.
"For Every Music Lover" by Aubertine Woodward Moore
The tune "Hursley" is a choice example of polyphonal sweetness in uniform long notes of perfect chord.
"The Story of the Hymns and Tunes" by Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
The frottola was a secular song, written in polyphonic style.
"Some Forerunners of Italian Opera" by William James Henderson
I like movement, rhythmical variety, polyphonic life.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
Though the whole music is polyphoneous the easy flow of its melodies is hardly ever interrupted except in the highly dramatic moments.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The Gloria begins with a triumphant polyphonic chorus accompanied by a spirited symphony for strings.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
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In news:

These are, of course, the things promised by a Polyphonic Spree performance.
The Polyphonic Spree In Concert.
The twenty-plus member Polyphonic Spree harness the sunshiney oversized pop of the 5th Dimension plus the glitzy gimmicks of Bowie to create orchestral arrangements fit for everything from the big stage to the big screen.
'Put on your boogie shoes' An interview with Tim DeLaughter of the Polyphonic Spree.
There is nothing conventional about the Polyphonic Spree.
Instead, the tone is consoling, and the overlapping choral parts create a complex and beautiful web of polyphonic sound.
New local tunes, info on that Polyphonic Spree show, and a free Flaming Lips documentary.
A high-energy celebration of polyphonic rhythms, this group unifies four percussion batteries into one distinct voice.
It's not as catchy as Tripping Daisy or as freewheeling as The Polyphonic Spree, but persistent eccentric Tim DeLaughter's new project Preteen Zenith still relies on high-pitched vocals layered over blown-out symphonic pop.
Polyphonic Spree @ Webster Hall: May 23, 2012.
A brief history of the Polyphonic Spree , as told through wardrobe changes: white robes (the uplifting choir of angels on 2002 debut The Beginning Stages of ).
The Polyphonic Spree Hearts You.
Polyphonic Spree Follow the Light.
The Polyphonic Spree Goes Paramilitary.
Polyphonic Spree Summon David Bowie.
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In science:

It belongs to the family of instruments called chordophones (which produce sound from vibrating strings), and allows the soloist to perform complex melodic and polyphonic music pieces in much the same manner as the piano.
Music in Terms of Science
This enables the player to produce properly sounding chords that require complicated ļ¬ngering for pressing multiple strings simultaneously in polyphonic music playing.
Music in Terms of Science
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