Definition of Polyphony

1. Noun. Music arranged in parts for several voices or instruments.

Exact synonyms: Concerted Music, Polyphonic Music
Generic synonyms: Music
Specialized synonyms: Counterpoint
Antonyms: Monophonic Music, Monophony
Derivative terms: Polyphonous



Definition of Polyphony

1. n. Multiplicity of sounds, as in the reverberations of an echo.

Definition of Polyphony

1. Noun. (music) Musical texture consisting of several independent melodic voices, as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chords (homophony). ¹

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Definition of Polyphony

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Literary usage of Polyphony

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1. The Oxford History of Music by William Henry Hadow (1901)
"... might well be the first steps in the process of evolution. The first sign of a direct advance towards polyphony is to be found among the ..."

2. The Art of Music: A Comprehensive Library of Information for Music Lovers by Daniel Gregory Mason (1915)
"WE have already discussed the origins of polyphony and the condition of secular popular music in the dim periods of the Middle Ages. ..."

3. A Popular History of the Art of Music: From the Earliest Times Until the Present by William Smythe Babcock Mathews (1891)
"THE RISE OF polyphony. OLD FRENCH AND GALLO-BELGIC SCHOOLS. I. E here enter upon one of the most interesting and important chapters in the history of music. ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... is diametrically opposed to the Gregorian chant and classic polyphony, and therefore to the most important law of all good music. ..."

5. The Larger Forms of Musical Composition by Percy Goetschius (1915)
"No other master employs the device of transposition quite so freely, or so effectively, as does Schubert. 168. a. polyphony, in the Larger Forms. ..."

6. Familiar Talks on the History of Music by Arnold Johann Gantvoort (1913)
"THE DEVELOPMENT OF VOCAL polyphony. IN our consideration of popular music in the ... We shall now trace the growth of this new art of vocal polyphony, ..."

7. Counterpoint Applied in the Invention, Fugue, Canon and Other Polyphonic by Percy Goetschius (1902)
"Review the definition of polyphony given in the Introductory Statement (page 1). ... For this reason 3-voice polyphony exhibits a much more evident harmonic ..."

8. Counterpoint Applied in the Invention, Fugue, Canon and Other Polyphonic by Percy Goetschius (1902)
"Review the definition of polyphony given in the Introductory Statement (page i). ... For this reason 3-voice polyphony exhibits a much more evident harmonic ..."

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