noun, plural sym·pho·nies.
- an elaborate instrumental composition in three or more movements, similar in form to a sonata but written for an orchestra and usually of far grander proportions and more varied elements.
- an instrumental passage occurring in a vocal composition, or between vocal movements in a composition.
- an instrumental piece, often in several movements, forming the overture to an opera or the like.
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Origin of symphony
OTHER WORDS FROM symphonypre·sym·pho·ny, noun, plural pre·sym·pho·nies.
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Example sentences from the Web for symphony
It was a matter of making sure that the instruments played together in symphony.Turning space images into music makes astronomy more accessible|Maria Temming|October 16, 2020|Science News
When we watch at home, when we watch with our attention scissored up by other screens, that amplitude of feeling is next to impossible, like listening to a symphony from outside the concert hall.
Last year, only 8 percent of pieces performed by major symphony orchestras were composed by women.
Now in his inbox he suddenly had evidence of the full symphony.
Blumenthal Center for the Performing ArtsThe Blumenthal Center for the Performing Arts is an excellent venue for local symphony, opera, dance & theater companies, as well as a film & photography museum.Charlotte : Celebrating Diversity in the Queen City|LGBTQ-Editor|August 11, 2020|No Straight News
If Japanese whisky is like a symphony, then I am a contented listener.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise|Kayleigh Kulp|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the Marc show where the only song was Bittersweet Symphony.It's Who You Know: The Power Players of New York Fashion Week|Barbara Ragghianti|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It runs as a polyphonic symphony compared to the simple percussion section of the heart or the synchronized cellos of the liver.
But seriously, what do you get when mix the Seattle Symphony with Sir Mix-A-Lot?Psy and Snoop Dogg’s ‘Hangover,’ World Cup Puppy, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Members of the San Francisco Symphony orchestra make $160,000 a year.
He directed the Ninth Symphony, and played twice himself with orchestral accompaniments.
Then came two pieces by the orchestra; next, my three solos in a row, and a symphony of Haydn closed the programme.
One year he was carried away by Beethovens Eighth Symphony, the next he pronounced it very nice, but nothing more.
In consequence of his illness, Tchaikovsky was unable to finish the symphony during the summer.
His symphony was severely criticised, rejected, and pronounced unworthy of performance.
British Dictionary definitions for symphony
noun plural -nies
Derived forms of symphonysymphonic (sɪmˈfɒnɪk), adjectivesymphonically, adverb
Word Origin for symphony
Cultural definitions for symphony
An extended musical composition for orchestra in several movements, typically four. Among the composers especially known for their symphonies are Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Franz Josef Haydn, Gustav Mahler, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.