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(pŏl′ē-hĭm′nē-ə) also Po·lym·ni·a (pə-lĭm′nē-ə)
n. Greek Mythology
The Muse of sacred song and oratory.

[Latin Polyhymnia, from Greek Polumnia, from poluumnos, abounding in songs, much sung of : polu-, poly + humnos, song of praise.]
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the Muse of singing, mime, and sacred dance
[Latin, from Greek Polumnia full of songs; see poly-, hymn]
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(ˌpɒl ɪˈhɪm ni ə)

the Muse of sacred music and dance.
[< Latin, alter. of Greek Polymnia. See poly-, hymn, -ia]
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75-103) These things, then, the Muses sang who dwell on Olympus, nine daughters begotten by great Zeus, Cleio and Euterpe, Thaleia, Melpomene and Terpsichore, and Erato and Polyhymnia and Urania and Calliope (3), who is the chiefest of them all, for she attends on worshipful princes: whomsoever of heaven-nourished princes the daughters of great Zeus honour, and behold him at his birth, they pour sweet dew upon his tongue, and from his lips flow gracious words.
Al Emadi and La Saboteuse are both taken from my last album while Barbara, dedicated to saxophonist Barbara Thompson, is one movement from my suite, Polyhymnia, which is in the recording process at the moment.
Shevchenko has applied what she learned to such roles in Swan Lake, Raymonda, Coppelia and Polyhymnia in Balanchine's Apollo.
To be politically correct the muse of hymns and mimes, Polyhymnia, should be called Polyhernia.
Cameron and Murdoch issued poetical chapbooks of, among other titles, 'The Deserted Village', 'Child Maurice' and 'George Barnwell' and, in 1799, gathered these together in two collections, The Polyhymnia: Being a Collection of Poetry, Original and Selected (which also included Burns's 'The Bonny Lass of Ballochmyle') and A Weekly Miscellany.
As exquisite as the performance is, one surely cannot overlook the role of PENTATONE's recording partner Polyhymnia, whose first-rate recording and engineering techniques have allowed this release to stay true to the rich and wide sound that are PENTATONE's trademarks.
Joseph's father might well be one of the nine muses, as the case be: Calliope for epic poetry, Clio for history, Euterpe for lyric poetry, Melpomene for tragedy, Terpsichore for choral dance and song, Erato for love poetry, Polyhymnia for sacred poetry, Urania for astronomy, Thalia for comedy.
Polyhymnia: The rhetoric of Horatian lyric discourse.
Shortly after Apollo's first solo variation, in which he discovers the joys of dancing, three muses-Terpsichore (the muse of dance), Polyhymnia (mime), and Calliope (poetry)-appear at corners of the stage, approach him in canon with grand battements, but then allow Apollo to place them as he wishes and propel them in bourree.
A rather confusing passage in the poem celebrating Pienza that Lodrisio Crivelli addressed to the Muse Polyhymnia in March 1464 would seem to suggest that this property already had changed hands by this date: "Alesandro de' Mirabelli, your threshold follows your distinctions, and you instead of Giliforte are considered a fellow citizen of Pienza." See Mack, Pienza, 176.
The Sing-Akademie archives include two composite manuscripts (SA 1689 and 1690), which contain revisions and new songs that Bach planned to issue in a collection entitled Polyhymnia. We plan to include a facsimile of these two manuscripts as a supplement to series VI.