Polychord


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Pol´y`chord


a.1.Having many strings.
n.1.(Mus.) A musical instrument of ten strings.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Then, I used the up-beats two and four to accentuate the polychord F#maj7/Cmaj7 in bars thirteen to sixteen of section B.
Although this chord is aurally perceived as a dissonant cluster, analysis reveals that it is a polychord constructed of three minor triads.
Although he devotes much discussion to performance, it is arranging and composing that he stresses, particularly compositional techniques derived from Western classical music, such as impressionist harmony, described as non-functional parallel chords; polychord or polytonality; counterpoint, although employed little in the nonet recordings; mixed meter or poly-meter; and thematic development.
The work ends vigorously on a D- and A-major polychord.
He played polychords, superimposing chords on top of other unrelated chords.
However, the infusion of polychords by Miles on the organ felt intrusive at first then strangely inventive, pushing the compositions--and our ears--into new places that fostered many musical aha moments.
Polychords shifts with Stereolab-like poise and Mister Mouth brings smiles with its glitchy effects, while the 24-minute title track wrongfoots listeners on several occasions with its drones and gurgles before morphing into a motorik, Teutonic delight.
The criticism of reducing a multifaceted genius (like Ellington or Brubeck) to one tune (where are the former's sophistication and wit or the latter's polychords?) must surely be countered by the compendious nature of this ambitious undertaking.
Over a predominantly tertian harmonic base, Takemitsu superimposes secundal clusters or larger tertian formations to suggest polychords, varying the density of the texture to shape the ebb and flow of each phrase.