Definitions for polytonalityˌpɒl i toʊˈnæl ɪ ti; -ˈtoʊn lˌɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pol•y•to•nal•i•tyˌpɒl i toʊˈnæl ɪ ti; -ˈtoʊn lˌɪz əm(n.)

also pol•y•ton•al•ism

  1. the simultaneous use of two or more musical tonalities.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of polytonality:

1920–25

pol`y•ton′al•ist(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. polytonality, polytonalism(noun)

    music that uses two or more different keys at the same time

Wiktionary

  1. polytonality(Noun)

    The use of multiple keys in the same composition, especially by multiple instruments at the same time

Freebase

  1. Polytonality

    Polytonality is the musical use of more than one key simultaneously. Bitonality is the use of only two different keys at the same time. Polyvalence is the use of more than one harmonic function, from the same key, at the same time. Some examples of bitonality superimpose fully harmonized sections of music in different keys.

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