Definition of symphonism
1 : musical composition in a symphonic style; especially : musical composition of complexity and seriousness of purpose regarded as appropriate to the symphony … their suspicion of the abstract symphonic genre was deeply rooted enough to provoke calls for a new kind of proletarian symphonism based on mass song. — Pauline Fairclough, A Soviet Credo, 2006
2 the writing of symphonies So Debussy and Satie began to seek a way out of the hulking fortresses of Beethovenian symphonism and Wagnerian opera. — Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise, 2007
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Origin and Etymology of symphonism
symphony + -ism, after Russian simfonizm ◆The word simfonizm as a musicological term in this sense was introduced by the Russian composer and critic Boris Vladimirovič Asaf’ev (1884-1949; pseudonym, “Igor’ Glebov”) in an article “Puti v buduščee” (“Paths to the future”), Melos, vypusk 2, St. Petersburg, 1918.
First Known Use: 1916
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