sym·​phon·​ic | \ sim-ˈfä-nik \

Definition of symphonic

2 : relating to or having the form or character of a symphony symphonic music
3 : suggestive of a symphony especially in form, interweaving of themes, or harmonious arrangement a symphonic drama

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Other Words from symphonic

symphonically \ sim-​ˈfä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of symphonic in a Sentence

the symphonic chorus of frogs in the spring

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Additionally, even though the Carnegie concerts are devoted to symphonic works, the students spend time on chamber pieces during their days. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Holiday Tradition: Five Decades of Student Debuts at Carnegie Hall," 26 Dec. 2018 Less impressive than his two earlier, flamboyantly symphonic sitar concertos, Shankar's third didn't make much of an impression with Orpheus. Mark Swed,, "The Pacific Symphony lives up to its name, with the help of India," 13 Apr. 2018 At New York cultural institutions, audiences often come for the familiar: A program of symphonic masterpieces, a full-length ballet or an operatic warhorse. Charles Passy, WSJ, "The Park Avenue Armory Offers a Canvas for Larger-Than-Life Productions," 16 July 2018 But all that music really came to life in concert, thanks to Mercury’s big voice and powerful strut, coupled with May’s hooky power chords and symphonic solos. Noel Murray, The Verge, "For the real Bohemian Rhapsody, stream the best recorded Queen concert this weekend," 2 Nov. 2018 The symphonic works were ones the orchestra could play with distinct authority, and the right soloists were paired with the right repertoire. David Patrick Stearns,, "Philadelphia Orchestra ends its contentious Israel tour with a Jerusalem concert, and some soul searching," 5 June 2018 Debussy, who showed little interest in conventional symphonic forms over his career, struck a glancing blow with his sizable Fantaisie (1889-90). James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: Odd, Delightful Juxtapositions at the Philharmonic," 27 Apr. 2018 Since becoming the first American symphonic ensemble to tour Europe after World War II, the Philadelphia Orchestra has visited the former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, and Cuba without being accused of endorsing communism. Stu Bykofsky,, "Philadelphia Orchestra complicit in crimes against Palestinians, says BDS. I say, BS | Stu Bykofsky," 3 May 2018 The music of William Bolcom spans quite a range, from rigorous symphonic writing to derivative ragtime-piano noodlings. Howard Reich,, "Grant Park Orchestra review: A fitting 80th birthday tribute to William Bolcom," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of symphonic

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of symphonic

: of or relating to a symphony or symphony orchestra


sym·​phon·​ic | \ sim-ˈfä-nik \

Kids Definition of symphonic

: relating to a symphony

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