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polyphonic

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adjective poly·phon·ic \ˌpä-lē-ˈfä-nik\

Definition of polyphonic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or marked by polyphony

  2. 2 :  being a polyphone

polyphonically

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polyphonously

adverb


Did You Know?

Since poly- means "many", polyphonic music has "many voices". In polyphony, each part has its own melody, and they weave together in a web that may become very dense; a famous piece by Thomas Tallis, composed around 1570, has 40 separate voice parts. Polyphony reached its height during the 16th century with Italian madrigals and the sacred music of such composers as Tallis, Palestrina, and Byrd. Usually when we speak of polyphony we're talking about music of Bach's time and earlier; but the principles remain the same today, and songwriters such as the Beatles have sometimes used polyphony as well.

1782

First Known Use of polyphonic

1782

Variants of polyphonic

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polyphonous

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