polyphony definition

  • noun:
    • songs with a couple of independent melodic components sounded collectively.
    • Musical surface consisting of several separate melodic voices, in the place of music with only one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic sound followed by chords (homophony).
    • Multiplicity of sounds, such as the reverberations of an echo.
    • Plurality of noises and articulations expressed because of the exact same singing sign.
    • Composition in mutually related, equally important components which share the melody one of them; contrapuntal composition; -- in opposition to homophony, in which the melody is fond of one part just, the others completing the balance. See Counterpoint.
    • The capability of being pronounced in a variety of techniques characterizing some written figures.
    • In music, the act, process, art, or consequence of at the same time combining several voice-parts in order that they shall maintain their particular individuality and separate interest, yet shall harmonize together; counterpoint.
    • music arranged in parts for several sounds or devices

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