noun sym·pho·nism \ˈsim(p)-fə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of symphonism

  1. 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. 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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