Implied Polyphony

Hidden polyphony is used in works composed for monophonic instruments with limited polyphonic possibilities (bowed string instruments) as well as for polyphonic instruments (guitar, lute, harp, harpsichord, piano, organ, celesta, xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, vibraphone) and even for small ensembles, when texture exceeds instruments’ technical possibilities required for “real” polyphony.