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  • Wolf Frobenius,
  • Peter Cooke,
  • Caroline Bithell
  •  and Izaly Zemtsovsky


A term used to designate various important categories in music: namely, music in more than one part, music in many parts, and the style in which all or several of the musical parts move to some extent independently. Polyphōnos (‘many-voiced’) and polyphonia occur in ancient Greek without any connotations of musical technique. After classical antiquity, forms of the adjective came into use in modern languages, designating both non-musical phenomena such as birdcalls, human speech and multiple echoes, and musical phenomena such as instrumental range and tonal variety, as well as the various tunes playable on an automatic musical device....

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