American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music with two or more independent melodic parts sounded together.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The capability of being pronounced in various ways characterizing some written characters.
- n. 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
- n. 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).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Multiplicity of sounds, as in the reverberations of an echo.
- n. Plurality of sounds and articulations expressed by the same vocal sign.
- n. (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.
- n. music arranged in parts for several voices or instruments
- From poly- + -phony. (Wiktionary)
“The term polyphony is sometimes used synonomously with counterpoint, and sometimes to distinguish medeival multi-voice music from that of the Renaissance and Baroque. monophonic, or consisting of only one voice, which was usually a liturgical chant.”
“These lessons and the responsories have also been set in polyphony by innumerable musicians and composers; Palestrina, Victoria, and Charpentier are only three among the more outstanding composers who have written for this service.”
“The Ordinary of the Mass will be sung in polyphony a capella with the proper of the Mass Introduxit vos in Gregorian.”
“Polyphonic music can also be called polyphony, counterpoint, or contrapuntal music.”
“Schubert was an ignoramus, even in music; he knew less about polyphony, which is the mother of harmony, which is the mother of music, than the average conservatory professor.”
“Besides these three sources measurably unprofessional and outside of music, or amateur, as we say now, there was the work of the professional musicians strictly so-called, who, from about 1100 in the old French school, commenced the development of what is now known as polyphony, which culminated in the hands of the Netherlanders, about 1580, Palestrina himself being one of the latest products of this school.”
“There's always a danger in all strong, erotic love that one may love what I might call the polyphony of life.”
“Rather than a cacophony, it makes of itself a kind of polyphony, an antiphonal richness, an enjoyment of life and the capacity to sing, every day a kind of celebration.”
“By means of a generous employment of free counterpoint, in other words a kind of polyphony in which the various voices use different melodies in harmonious combination, he gained a potent auxiliary in his cunning workmanship, and emphasized the folly of rejecting the contrapuntal experiences, of, for instance, a Sebastian Bach.”
“As for that streetwise post-minimalist Nico Muhly, he has a passion for English 17th-century polyphony which is clearly rubbing off on his own music.”
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