polyrhythm

polyrhythm

[pol-ee-rith-uhm]
noun Music.
the simultaneous occurrence of sharply contrasting rhythms within a composition.

Origin:
1925–30; poly- + rhythm

polyrhythmic, adjective
polyrhythmically, adverb
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polyrhythm (ˈpɒlɪˌrɪðəm)
 
n
music a style of composition in which each part exhibits different rhythms

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polyrhythm

the simultaneous combination of contrasting rhythms in a musical composition. Rhythmic conflicts, or cross-rhythms, may occur within a single metre (e.g., two eighth notes against triplet eighths) or may be reinforced by simultaneous combinations of conflicting metres. The latter effect is characteristic of numerous non-Western musical forms (e.g., Indonesian gamelan) and of certain Western, especially American, compositions

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