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polytonality

[pol-ee-toh-nal-i-tee] /ˌpɒl i toʊˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, Music.
1.
the use of more than one key at the same time.
Also, polytonalism
[pol-ee-tohn-l-iz-uh m] /ˌpɒl iˈtoʊn lˌɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of polytonality
1920-1925
1920-25; poly- + tonality
Related forms
polytonalist
[pol-ee-tohn-l-ist] /ˌpɒl iˈtoʊn l ɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for polytonality

polytonality

/ˌpɒlɪtəʊˈnælɪtɪ/
noun
1.
(music) the simultaneous use of more than two different keys or tonalities
Derived Forms
polytonal, adjective
polytonally, adverb
polytonalist, noun
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