polyphony

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n polyphony music arranged in parts for several voices or instruments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Polyphony (Mus) Composition in mutually related, equally important parts which share the melody among them; contrapuntal composition; -- opposed to homophony, in which the melody is given to one part only, the others filling out the harmony. See Counterpoint.
    • Polyphony Multiplicity of sounds, as in the reverberations of an echo.
    • Polyphony Plurality of sounds and articulations expressed by the same vocal sign.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n polyphony The capability of being pronounced in various ways characterizing some written characters.
    • n polyphony In music, the act, process, art, or result of simultaneously combining two or more voice-parts so that they shall maintain their individuality and independent interest, and yet shall harmonize with each other; counterpoint. It is opposed to monody. monophony. and homophony, in which a single voice-part is raised into decided prominence, and to harmony (in one of its senses), in which the attention is centered upon the successive chords as such rather than upon the voice-parts that constitute them. See counterpoint, 3.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

There is everywhere a clear and melodious polyphony.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
Thanks to them the works of the Sixteenth Century came into being, in all their admirable purity and learned polyphony.
"Musical Memories" by Camille Saint-Saëns
The cellos weave it into the polyphony, sometimes clearly, sometimes in scarcely recognizable augmentation.
"A Book of Prefaces" by H. L. Mencken
The polyphony was simple and the aim of the composition was popularity.
"Some Forerunners of Italian Opera" by William James Henderson
THE DEVELOPMENT OF HARMONY, TONALITY, CANONIC IMITATION AND POLYPHONY.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
The fourth movement of the symphony gave promise of being a miracle of polyphony.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I consider him the greatest master of the mysteries of counterpoint since the heyday of classical polyphony.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
Polyphony is not a modern invention.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
But soon this discord was lost amid the massive Teutonic polyphony of well-being.
"The Pentecost of Calamity" by Owen Wister
Polyphony, that is, the simultaneous interweaving of many themes, was foreign to Berlioz and Liszt.
"How to Appreciate Music" by Gustav Kobbé
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In news:

The polyphony is subtle and beguiling , and the delicate instruments whisper.
A Boy and a Girl 10:19 Eric Whitacre Polyphony Stephen Layton Buy Now.
But if you need polyphony with perfect tracking all the time.
The Juneau Arts & Humanities council's concert series continues next week with New York Polyphony , a vocal chamber ensemble.
Classical MPR Presents New York Polyphony .
New York Polyphony will bring its mix of early classical music and contemporary arrangements to Waco with a concert at 6 pm Sunday at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Ave.
Polyphony For the Eye.
But madrigals by Flemish composer Orlando di Lasso, with their more intimate storytelling vibe, are suited for smaller venues — like, say, the living room of New York Polyphony bass Craig Phillips.
Geof Oppenheimer's politically charged new show at Ratio 3 juxtaposes polyphony with cacophany.
Despite the mumbled vocals, the textural polyphony of chillwave synthesizer tracks sounded marvelous through the amphitheater's crystalline PA.
New York Polyphony's 2007 album, I Sing the Birth, is a collection of medieval melodies and contemporary works that reflect on the Christmas season.
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In science:

When rendering music directly at 11025 Hz he could generate 4 times as many channels for spatial effects or 4 times of the polyphony of music rendered via the indirection through 44100 Hz.
Sampling-rate-aware noise generation
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