Questions tagged [polytonality]

Questions about the simultaneous use of multiple keys should use this tag. Bitonality is a special case of polytonality, making simultaneous use of two keys. Questions about bitonality may also use this tag.

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How polytonal is Stravinsky's music?

Stravinsky is known to have used polytonality in some specific cases. Wikipedia, for instance, lists in its page of polytonal pieces: Petrushka, opening fanfare Symphony of Psalms, 3rd Movement ...
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Would you describe 'Skyfall' by Adele as atonal?

I was watching the James Bond movie Skyfall and I noticed that the opening theme, performed by Adele, sounds quite strange in some sections. I think it's a beautiful song, but it doesn't seem to stick ...
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Special case of polytonality, why does it sound like a single key?

I watched Adam Neely's video on polytonality and came across a special case of polytonality. He was playing and singing Mary Had a Little Lamb in 2 different keys. ...
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Two modes simultaneously?

In Yes' "Close to the Edge" (the song), there's a fast keyboard riff towards the end with the rest of the band playing accompaniment. But what I find odd is how keyboardist Rick Wakeman persistently ...
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Is Lorn's "Sega sunset" an example of polytonality?

I have had Lorn's "Acid Rain" stuck in my head for a while now, and for some strange reason it sounds dissonant to me. I wanted to know if this is because it's an example of polytonality or if it's ...
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How to think about the tensions of polytonality with 3 or more keys?

If two keys are played simultaneously (bitonality), I usually think of the tensions by the number of notes that are not included in both Keys: C Major C D E F G A B G Major G A B C D E F♯ ...
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Is it considered polytonality if the song is using two keys but not on top of each other

I've run into a couple songs recently that use two keys at the time, but not in the way that would meet the definition of polytonality. What they do is they establish one key as the primary key and ...