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The dissonance between the notes in their traditional polyphonic arrangement jars with the measured, uniform stream of figures marching along the wall, which might be hypnotic, almost soothing, if not for the voices in the room.
There's a polyphonic effect: the characters are always trying to speak over each other, interjecting some personal insight or grievance before their conversation partners have a chance to complete their own thoughts.
The score is stunning in its variety, in both solo and polyphonic writing.
Those include their ancient polyphonic singing, recently recognized on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Audio Chip NEC teamed up with music maestro Yamaha to pump depth into its sound, for games and polyphonic ring tones.
Gotham’s stellar early-music choir celebrates things French this season, specifically the genius of Guillaume de Machaut, the fourteenth-century polyphonic master.
The effect is vibrantly polyphonic: On the banners, big, dark characters float and pulsate over dense fields of smaller, lighter ones.
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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.
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