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Definition of Symphony

Symphony

  1. A consonance or harmony of sounds, agreeable to the ear, whether the sounds are vocal or instrumental, or both.
  2. A stringed instrument formerly in use, somewhat resembling the virginal.
  3. An elaborate instrumental composition for a full orchestra, consisting usually, like the sonata, of three or four contrasted yet inwardly related movements, as the allegro, the adagio, the minuet and trio, or scherzo, and the finale in quick time. The term has recently been applied to large orchestral works in freer form, with arguments or programmes to explain their meaning, such as the "symphonic poems" of Liszt. The term was formerly applied to any composition for an orchestra, as overtures, etc., and still earlier, to certain compositions partly vocal, partly instrumental.
  4. An instrumental passage at the beginning or end, or in the course of, a vocal composition; a prelude, interlude, or postude; a ritornello.

Symphony Quotations

In string theory, all particles are vibrations on a tiny rubber band; physics is the harmonies on the string; chemistry is the melodies we play on vibrating strings; the universe is a symphony of strings, and the 'Mind of God' is cosmic music resonating in 11-dimensional hyperspace.
Michio Kaku

If he's a true symphony artist, he knows better than that because he knows that the only truly creative musician is the jazz musician.
Buddy Rich

A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.
Gustav Mahler

You can't play a symphony alone, it takes an orchestra to play it.
Navjot Singh Sidhu

In science, if you don't do it, somebody else will. Whereas in art, if Beethoven didn't compose the 'Ninth Symphony,' no one else before or after is going to compose the 'Ninth Symphony' that he composed; no one else is going to paint 'Starry Night' by van Gogh.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Symphony Translations

symphony in Afrikaans is simfonie
symphony in Dutch is symfonie
symphony in Finnish is sinfonia
symphony in French is symphonie
symphony in German is Sinfonie
symphony in Italian is sinfonia
symphony in Swedish is symfoni
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