polytonality

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music that uses two or more different keys at the same time

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built on the latter's harmonic legac with the invention of new chordal types and sounds, carrying his explorations into the realms of bitonality (Sonata for Violin and Cello; L'enfani et les sorlileges) and occasionally frank atonality (Chansons matlicasses).
McGregor's romantic style - strong melodic ideas enlivened by touches of bitonality in the manner of Frank Bridge and others - poses no problem for the first-time listener, so accessibility is assured.
Another of Ravel's techniques that was widely used in the 20th-century is bitonality or polytonality: the "simultaneous use of two or more keys.
At the same time, while arguing against any move to the neoclassical style of the late sonatas, he has reproduced passages of bitonality.
With its banjo-plucking effects, bitonality and sleazy violin portamentos sounding as weird as Charles Ives in a smoke-filled speakeasy.
70, El rosal (The Rose-Bush), features bitonality and an asymmetric time signature.
Inevitably we are reminded of other creators: Tippett, Schreker, Mozart of Die Zauberflote in the psychological subtext; Holst for the liberating bitonality so expressive of emotional release; Richard Strauss for the combination of straightforward diaton icism and alluring chromaticism, for the climactic voluptuaries' dance straight out of Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils, and for the Nietzchean superman paean to the sun so celebrated in Also Sprach Zarathustra; and, most spectacularly, Wagner, whose Tr istan und Isolde encapsulates so much of these ideas, and whose Act III anticipates the ruined landscape and despairing hero.
This collection contains exciting contemporary pieces (solos and duets) by seven leading FJH composers that will open up a world of new sounds through bitonality, chromaticism, jazz harmonies, mixed meters, ostinato patterns, whole tone scales, aleatoric writing and unique pedal effects.
Characteristics of Moross's music include syncopation, gapped scales (often pentatonic, showing the influence of folk song), "blue" notes, modal harmony, melodic sequence, a pronounced symmetry of phrasing, rhythmic ostinato, and occasional dissonance, even bitonality.
Other pieces employ counterpoint, bitonality, modality, and other unusual contemporary sonorities.
Falla's so-called "theory of resonance--harmonic development through the derivation and juxtaposition of harmonic aggregates called "superpositions"--was not only applied by Rodolfo in his polytonal phase, but blatantly assumed a prominent position in some of his dodecaphonic writing when he combined bitonality with a liberal usage of the twelve-tone technique.