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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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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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 That excursion brought the Philharmonic to the Ravinia Festival, which on Thursday night launched its symphonic celebration of this year’s Bernstein centennial with a reprise of that historic program with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Howard Reich,, "CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop poetically launches Bernstein tribute," 13 July 2018 The South Shore Summer Music Festival is a symphonic tradition that fosters orchestral appreciation and a sense of community. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra continue summer tour tradition," 12 July 2018 West Side Story’ and created symphonic suites for an orchestra to play. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Trumpet player up for music fest’s challenge," 31 May 2018 Zaytoven lent masterfully symphonic production to tracks on which Future plumbed the depths of his emotional decay. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 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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