polytonality
noun Date: 1923 the simultaneous use of two or more musical keys • polytonal adjectivepolytonally adverb

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  • polytonality — [päl΄i tō nal′ə tē] n. [ POLY + TONALITY] Music the simultaneous use of two or more keys polytonal adj. polytonally adv …   English World dictionary

  • Polytonality — The musical use of more than one key simultaneously is polytonality. Bitonality is the use of only two different keys at the same time.A well known, controversial example is the fanfare at the beginning of the second tableau of Igor Stravinsky s… …   Wikipedia

  • polytonality — polytonalist /pol ee tohn l ist/, n. /pol ee toh nal i tee/, n. Music. the use of more than one key at the same time. Also, polytonalism /pol ee tohn l iz euhm/. [1920 25; POLY + TONALITY] * * * ▪ music       in music, the simultaneous occurrence …   Universalium

  • polytonality — noun The use of multiple keys in the same composition, especially by multiple instruments at the same time …   Wiktionary

  • polytonality — pÉ‘lɪtəʊ nælÉ™tɪ / pÉ’l n. use of several musical keys simultaneously (Music) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • polytonality — noun the simultaneous use of two or more keys in a musical composition. Derivatives polytonal adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • polytonality — poly·tonality …   English syllables

  • polytonality — pol•y•to•nal•i•ty [[t]ˌpɒl i toʊˈnæl ɪ ti[/t]] also pol•y•ton•al•ism [[t] ˈtoʊn lˌɪz əm[/t]] n. mad the simultaneous use of two or more musical tonalities • Etymology: 1920–25 pol y•ton′al•ist, n …   From formal English to slang

  • polytonality — /ˌpɒlitoʊˈnæləti/ (say .poleetoh naluhtee) noun Music the use of more than one key at the same time …   Australian English dictionary

  • polytonality — n. Mus. the simultaneous use of two or more keys in a composition. Derivatives: polytonal adj …   Useful english dictionary

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