from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Simultaneous use of two or more tonalities in a musical composition.
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- n. The use of multiple keys in the same composition, especially by multiple instruments at the same time
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- n. music that uses two or more different keys at the same time
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By the late 1940s, he was already employing modern classical ideas such as polytonality and dissonance, and working in unusual time signatures to create a distinctive jazz sound.
Many of Ives "compositions were ground breaking and anticipated 20th century musical techniques such as polytonality, atonality, 12 tone formations, polymetres, and polyrhythms.
Beyond rhythm, Dave Brubeck challenged the public's ear with polytonality, or playing in multiple keys simultaneously.
It was Dave Brubeck -- a man who could not read sheet music and who was nearly barred from graduating the College of the Pacific music school in 1942 because of it -- who reinvented the genre with his signature style of polyrhythms, odd time signatures, and polytonality.
Ms. Schneider also presented a two-movement piece combining "Thompson Fields" (featuring pianist Frank Kimbrough), an arresting and tranquil depiction of the view from a Minnesota grain silo, which, its in Americana subject matter and polytonality, suggested a modern jazz response to Charles Ives, and "Nimbus," a rather turbulent vignette of cloud formations spotlighting Steve Wilson on alto sax.
It isn't difficult at all to trace a line from either Milhaud's polytonality or "wrong note" basses or Cowell's cluster or late pandiatonic music to those chords of Wilson you describe.
He found his way to polytonality, atonality, polyrhythms, and other devices that, like Leonardo's bicycle and contact lenses and ball bearings, all had to be reinvented by others.
They dipped our toes in polytonality and poly-dissonance.
The first dance, spiked with a dash of polytonality, introduces the princess in her daytime human form along with her three attendants.
Until his death in 1981, he wrote defiantly neo-Romantic music, engaging with new-fangled techniques like atonality and polytonality only occasionally.