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Simultaneous use of two or more tonalities in a musical composition.

pol′y·to′nal (-tō′nəl) adj.
pol′y·to′nal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.polytonal - using more than one key or tonality simultaneously; "exciting rhythms and polytonal harmonies"
tonal - having tonality; i.e. tones and chords organized in relation to one tone such as a keynote or tonic
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[ˌpɒlɪˈtəʊnəl] adj (Mus) → politonale
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