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Definition a long and complex piece of music — typically for full orchestra in four parts;

or:  an orchestra that plays such; or such a performance

More rarely, symphony may denote any harmonious composition of complex parts as in "a symphony of lights" or "a symphony for the palate."
  • We heard the Vienna Symphony.
symphony = an orchestra that plays classical music
  • The Seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other.
    Arthur Rubenstein (of Vivaldi's Four Seasons)
  • A complex system in which everything influences everything else. It's coordinated like a symphony.
  • That's why people discover mathematical infinity and electromagnetic waves, that's why they write symphonies.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • symphonies = complex music played by orchestras
  • With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • symphonies = music for orchestras
  • With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  I Have a Dream
  • symphony = a long and complex piece of music
  • Well, you know how we all perform in an orchestra for the final symphony?
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • symphony = a long and complex piece of music
  • I know he's an excellent player, a magnificently accomplished professional musician, because I saw him playing Beethoven's Third Symphony.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • symphony = a long and complex piece of music — typically for full orchestra in four parts
  • A gifted French-horn player, as a teen he was a member of the American University Symphony but quit, according to Walt, after objecting to rules imposed by a high school band leader.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • symphony = music orchestra
  • But with all my knowledge and skepticism, I have never been able to argue with a one-hundred-piece symphony orchestra, full color, three dimensions, and being in and part of those incredible parlors.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • symphony = classical music
  • Recently I've been listening to Mahler; it's beautiful stuff. I just saw a performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony on television, and it was awesome. The music was so gorgeous I wasn't just crying tears, I was sobbing.
    Herbie Hancock
  • If some of our works are symphonies, then wrapped walkways was chamber music.
  • It was the strangest and most beautiful symphony the Consul had ever heard.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • SHE PLAYED VIOLIN with the Fargo Symphony Orchestra and taught at North Dakota State University until her retirement several years ago.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • In the Fifth and Ninth symphonies, Beethoven used the trombone as a noisemaker.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • CHAPTER 132 The Symphony.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Then early peaches called, crickets in the fields started their nightly symphonies, and Mama came home.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • So I try to make the light in others' eyes my sun, the music in others' ears my symphony, the smile on others' lips my happiness.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • One player on the team was a cellist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's youth program.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He only raised his right hand mysteriously high in the air, and let it fall upon his knee again as if he were conducting some secret symphony.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse

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