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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


[ˌpɒlɪˈtəʊnəl] adj (Mus) → politonale
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However, encapsulated in this polytonal framework are sophisticated melodies and textures that demonstrate the full range of sounds possible on the modern piano.
He can be tuneful, wildly dissonant, atonal and polytonal sometimes all in the same work - sample the clashing asymmetrical lines of Putnam's Camp in Three Places in New England.
27) Numerous compositions from later in his career are improvisatory in nature and include the use of polytonal, atonal, and serial writing.
Brathwaite's poetry resounds with polytonal sounds and rhythms which create particular moods or physical states, and which reinforce the various thematic strands in his poetry.
I could talk about Peterson's use of diatonic and chromatic sequences and polytonal chords; I could talk about the harmonious relationship between the tonic and the sub-dominant, or I could comment on the various relationships between higher mathematics and jazz but what for?
Like Berg's polytonal music, it pursues "every possible variation"--as in Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's "nomad aesthetics": "This streaming, spiraling, zigzagging, snaking, feverish line of variation liberates a power of life that human beings had rectified and organisms had confined, and which matter now expresses as the trait, flow, or impulse traversing it.
Morton speculates that Gonsalves's "bold improvisational choice" may have been influenced by the key scheme of the "Diminuendo" that preceded his solo and/or by "the polytonal possibilities Ellington handed him" (p.
Two are compositions in modern idioms dedicated to Follows: van Benthem's short, polytonal piano piece Yes, We Were Young fin a holograph reproduction dated 1959, years before the two met); and Fitch's "Agricola VIII/Obrecht Canon III: De tons biens plaine" a complex, semi-aleatoric piece For four stringed instruments composed in 2010, for which two pages of painstaking performance directions offer nary a hint on how the many short, arrhythmic cells with intervals beyond the wildest Renaissance imagination relate to the composers in the title.
The 22 tutorials cover the Score Editor menus and getting started; display quantization and polyphonic staff styles methods to prepare parts for individual instruments; grace notes, beamed grace notes, and other issues for parts; score sets, symbols, and note alteration; lyric entry, text styles, headers, and footers; cross-staff beaming, doubling instruments, polytonal scores, and time signatures; edit and copy options; drum notation; orchestral percussion; creating parts for guitarists and specialized instruments; score preferences and project settings; layout techniques; preparing chord charts for sessions, lead sheets, and master rhythm charts; and other aspects.
Students continue with their creative exercises by incorporating what they are learning--new tones, rhythms, rests, and so forth into mini improvisations; then at more advanced levels, they may make use of repertoire ideas or procedures, such as, improvising/ composing variations over a preset chord progression as in Pachelbel's canon or Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues"; incorporating extreme dissonant polytonal clusters and rhythmic asymmetries as in "Sacrificial Dance" from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring; composing songs based on a favoured text.
This is a substantial work (one movement of over twelve minutes duration) that features yet more demanding musical and technical challenges such as those introduced in Dialogues: disjunct but "accessible melodies and melodic fragments, tertian, quartal, and polytonal harmonies, .