sym·​phon·​ic | \ sim-ˈfä-nik How to pronounce symphonic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce symphonic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of symphonic in a Sentence

the symphonic chorus of frogs in the spring
Recent Examples on the Web Its Resident Fellows program, started in 2018, is now preparing symphonic musicians from underrepresented populations for positions in major professional orchestras. New York Times, "For Diversity Leaders in the Arts, Getting Hired Is Just the First Step," 17 Jan. 2021 The result is a combination of traditional forms that made his operas thoroughly new, more symphonic, and entirely his own. Lloyd Schwartz, WSJ, "‘Mozart’ Review: The Composer as Novelist," 18 Dec. 2020 Inaugurated in 1992, boldly scaled and winded, the Meyerson organ can actually overpower the fullest symphonic climax. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Mighty sounds from Todd Wilson and the Meyerson Symphony Center’s Fisk organ," 23 Nov. 2020 The show is a mix of frights, comedy, original film and music projects and rousing symphonic scares. Christopher Arnott,, "Ten Connecticut rock horrors: A local band Halloween playlist, plus some live musical frights," 30 Oct. 2020 His symphonic rigor carries us every step of the way. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Miss the ecstasy and extravagance of Mahler’s Eighth? You’re not alone," 28 Oct. 2020 Music Director Clancy Weeks continues to deal with the harsh reality that his burgeoning symphonic band may not meet the rest of the year. David Taylor, Chron, "Q&A with Music Director Clancy Weeks: Cypress Symphonic Band silenced, but not for long," 27 Oct. 2020 There is hardly a paragraph in which Berryman—poet, pedagogue, boozehound, and symphonic self-destroyer—may not be heard straining toward the condition of music. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Heartsick Hilarity of John Berryman’s Letters," 12 Oct. 2020 The orchestra then scrambled, and was luckily able to shift its fall symphonic series to Will Rogers Auditorium. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Southern Methodist University bans live audiences at classical concerts, forcing ensembles to adapt," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of symphonic

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Symphonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce symphonic (audio) \

Kids Definition of symphonic

: relating to a symphony

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