polytonality

polytonality

[pol-ee-toh-nal-i-tee]
noun Music.
the use of more than one key at the same time.
Also, polytonalism [pol-ee-tohn-l-iz-uhm] .


Origin:
1920–25; poly- + tonality

polytonalist [pol-ee-tohn-l-ist] , noun
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polytonality or polytonalism (ˌpɒlɪtəʊˈnælɪtɪ)
 
n
music the simultaneous use of more than two different keys or tonalities
 
polytonalism or polytonalism
 
n
 
poly'tonal or polytonalism
 
adj
 
poly'tonally or polytonalism
 
adv
 
poly'tonalist or polytonalism
 
n

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polytonality

in music, the simultaneous occurrence of two or more different tonalities or keys (the interrelated sets of notes and chords used in a composition). If only two keys are employed, the term bitonality is sometimes used.

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