What does symphony mean?

Definitions for symphony
ˈsɪm fə nisym·pho·ny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. symphony, symphonic musicnoun

    a long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra

  2. symphony orchestra, symphony, philharmonicnoun

    a large orchestra; can perform symphonies

    "we heard the Vienna symphony"

Wiktionary

  1. symphonynoun

    an extended piece of music of sophisticated structure, usually for orchestra

  2. symphonynoun

    harmony in music or colour, or a harmonious combination of elements

  3. Etymology: From συμφωνία.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SYMPHONYnoun

    Concert of instruments; harmony of mingled sounds.

    Etymology: symphonie, French; σὺν and φωνὴ.

    A learned searcher from Pythagoras’s school, where it was a maxim that the images of all things are latent in numbers, determines the comeliest proportion between breadths and heights, reducing symmetry to symphony, and the harmony of sound to a kind of harmony in sight. Henry Wotton.

    Speak ye who best can tell, ye sons of light,
    Angels! for ye behold him, and with songs
    And choral symphonies, day without night,
    Circle his throne rejoicing. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    The trumpets sound,
    And warlike symphony is heard around;
    The marching troops through Athens take their way;
    The great earl-marshal orders their array. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Symphonynoun

    a consonance or harmony of sounds, agreeable to the ear, whether the sounds are vocal or instrumental, or both

  2. Symphonynoun

    a stringed instrument formerly in use, somewhat resembling the virginal

  3. Symphonynoun

    an elaborate instrumental composition for a full orchestra, consisting usually, like the sonata, of three or four contrasted yet inwardly related movements, as the allegro, the adagio, the minuet and trio, or scherzo, and the finale in quick time. The term has recently been applied to large orchestral works in freer form, with arguments or programmes to explain their meaning, such as the "symphonic poems" of Liszt. The term was formerly applied to any composition for an orchestra, as overtures, etc., and still earlier, to certain compositions partly vocal, partly instrumental

  4. Symphonynoun

    an instrumental passage at the beginning or end, or in the course of, a vocal composition; a prelude, interlude, or postude; a ritornello

  5. Etymology: [F. symphonie (cf. It. sinfonia), L. symphonia, Gr. ; sy`n with + a sound, the voice. See Phonetic.]

Freebase

  1. symphony

    A symphony is an extended musical composition in Western classical music, scored almost always for orchestra. A symphony usually contains at least one movement or episode composed according to the sonata principle. Many symphonies are tonal works in four movements with the first in sonata form, which is often described by music theorists as the structure of a "classical" symphony, although many symphonies by the acknowledged classical masters of the form, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven do not conform to this model.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Symphony

    sim′fō-ni, n. an agreeing together in sound: unison, consonance, or harmony of sound: a musical composition for a full band of instruments: an instrumental introduction or termination to a vocal composition.—n. Symphō′nia, concord in Greek music: a medieval name for the bagpipe, the virginal.—adj. Symphon′ic, relating to, or resembling, a symphony: symphonious.—n. Symphō′nion, a combination of pianoforte and harmonium, the precursor of the orchestrion.—adj. Symphō′nious, agreeing or harmonising in sound: accordant: harmonious.—n. Sym′phonist, a composer of symphonies. [Gr. symphōniasyn, together, phōnē a sound.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Symphony

    an elaborate orchestral composition consisting usually of four contrasted and related movements; began to take distinctive shape in the 17th century, and was for long merely a form of overture to operas, &c., but as its possibilities were perceived was elevated into an independent concert-piece, and as such exercised the genius of Mozart and Haydn, reaching its perfection of form in the symphonies of Beethoven.

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  1. hyponyms, physnomy

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of symphony in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of symphony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of symphony in a Sentence

  1. Elton John:

    I'm thrilled to debut Rocketman : Live in Concert, i can think of no better city than Los Angeles to bring the magic of this movie to life and perform live with the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra. I can't wait for the audience to experience the film in a new and profound way.

  2. Ennio Morricone:

    When Tarantino called me about a score for the film at first I said 'no' and changed my mind when he came to my house. but I told him I wanted a total break with the style of Western films I wrote 50 years. I was worried even after I finished because I didn't know if he would like it because it is more like a symphony in four movements.

  3. Hunter S. Thompson:

    A cap of good acid costs five dollars and for that you can hear the Universal Symphony with God singing solo and the Holy Ghost on drums.

  4. Benjamin F Sullivan:

    God is discovered entirely through creation - the brilliance of a sunset, the powerful roar of a waterfall, the symphony of sounds you hear in the heart of the forest, or the vastness of space and its countless stars. God is the mastermind behind all matter - every earth shattering scientific discovery and mystery that is yet to be unraveled was dreamed and enacted by God.

  5. Naked Gun From the Files of Police Squad:

    Frank I'd known her for years. We used to go to all the police functions together. Ah, how I loved her, but she had her music. I think she had her music. She'd hang out with the Chicago Male Chorus and Symphony. I don't recall her playing an instrument or be able to carry a tune. Yet she was on the road 300 days of the year. In fact I bought her a harp for christmas. She asked me what it was.

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