how to pronounce polyphony


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The above transcription of polyphony is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association. You can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

polyphony is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of polyphony in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… and how could the complex polyphony be …”

meanings of polyphony


  1. Musical texture consisting of several independent melodic voices, as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chords (homophony).
  2. The quality of a text of being capable of being read in more than one way.

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