Definition of symphonic in English:

symphonic

adjective

  • 1(of music) relating to or having the form or character of a symphony.

    ‘Franck's Symphonic Variations’
    • ‘The symphonic character of Gustav Mahler's music gave me the freedom to create a drama out of the music rather than retell a pre-written story.’
    • ‘My father prefers everything else, especially symphonic music, but on occasion he'll play traditional Asian music.’
    • ‘Matthews has defined symphonic music as being one which ‘contrasts dynamic energy with passivity’.’
    • ‘It can't modulate, and thus, in the context of symphonic music, cannot give you the sense of transformation.’
    • ‘The last two works were part of the new genre of symphonic ballets; the idea of setting dance to symphonic music was a cause of great controversy at the time.’
    • ‘Tristania combines rock, Goth, death metal, black metal, classical music and symphonic rock on February 18 at Manchester Academy.’
    • ‘At times, the music is practically symphonic and then it just as easily turns harsh and destructive.’
    • ‘A concert of American symphonic jazz will be staged in Shanghai this Saturday.’
    • ‘If Meyer decided to work in longer forms, he might yet give us the folk analogue to Gershwin's symphonic jazz pieces.’
    • ‘Our last concert was a programme bursting with superb concert band, symphonic, jazz and choral sounds.’
    • ‘Instead of allowing you to enjoy the natural symphonic presentation of his music, you get some awful '80s-synth revamp.’
    • ‘Furthermore, unlike many film composers, he thought of at least some of his movie music as symphonic and arranged his cues into symphonic suites.’
    • ‘On the new release, Fitton emphasizes his music's symphonic dimension.’
    • ‘If the instrumentation is more sparse, the music is no less symphonic in its scale and approach than we would hope.’
    • ‘No conductor did more to bring Mahler into the symphonic mainstream, and none did more to consolidate this orchestra's special relationship to Mahler's music.’
    • ‘The finale follows immediately - a big symphonic waltz à la Dvorák or Nielsen.’
    • ‘The Finale is almost symphonic in breadth and nature and the whole quartet is one of the overlooked masterpieces of the genre.’
    • ‘From quietly beautiful chamber pieces, to daring set ups of symphonic proportions, there have, indeed, been many offerings to relish from across the globe.’
    • ‘The sense of forward momentum doesn't quite get as far as it needs to, and an overenthusiastic attack of subsidiary climaxes weaken the major symphonic climax Simpson has written in.’
    traditional, long-established
    1. 1.1Relating to or written for a symphony orchestra.
      ‘symphonic and chamber music’
      • ‘There are three halls of different sizes with seating capacity from almost 3000 in the big symphonic hall, to the more intimate chamber space with 750 seats.’
      • ‘None of the symphonic music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Delius, Richard Strauss or Skryabin is without longueurs.’
      • ‘His concert career also included engagements as a conductor, particularly of Brahms's symphonic music.’
      • ‘Brahms's chamber and symphonic music has long since triumphed in the concert hall.’
      • ‘Morton Gould is not generally known primarily as a composer of symphonic music.’
      • ‘He wrote symphonic movements and shoved them in a drawer.’
      • ‘In the Finale - to my mind, the most miraculous symphonic movement ever written - Jochum and his Bavarians are supremely moving.’
      • ‘By the time he left he had written two symphonic preludes, a number of liturgical settings, and a Capriccio sinfonico, his passing-out piece, which won high critical acclaim.’
      • ‘No: he never did manage to write the symphonic or operatic masterpieces that he constantly wanted to be remembered by.’
      • ‘Allusion to the trio, as in some of Beethoven's symphonic scherzos, briefly turns up in the coda.’
      • ‘It's more allegretto than andante, like a Brahms symphonic intermezzo.’
      • ‘Where once every conductor with a record contract had to have a Beethoven and Brahms symphonic cycle, today it seems you're nothing without your complete Bruckner and Mahler.’
      • ‘Edmund Rubbra's symphonic cycle has long been admired as one of the finest of the century.’
      • ‘This is a characteristic of much of Elgar's symphonic writing, though without the terse compactness of the Brahms model.’
      • ‘Perhaps, if he hadn't felt such a strong need to establish his credentials as a symphonic composer, we might have had more fabulous American musicals from his pen.’
      • ‘At this price, this set is definitely worth a listen and should also be the standard recommendation for Alfvén's symphonic music for many years to come.’
      • ‘During the first months of the war Serge Prokofiev wrote his symphonic suite ‘The year 1941 ’, and later his Fifth Symphony, as did Aram Khatchaturian his Second.’
      • ‘As historians are apt to do, symphonic classical music is chronologically subdivided in an effort to differentiate the dominant style utilized at that time.’
      • ‘A major pleasure of symphonic music lies in a feeling of inexorable transformation - following a close argument or listening to a tale well-told.’

Pronunciation

symphonic

/sɪmˈfɒnɪk/