n. (Music) absence of a key; atonal style of composition; alternative to the diatonic system

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  • atonality — n. the absence of a key; alternative to the diatonic system. Syn: atonalism. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • atonality — 1958, from ATONAL (Cf. atonal) + ITY (Cf. ity) …   Etymology dictionary

  • atonality — [ā΄tō nal′ə tē] n. Music in composition, the organization of tones in which all tones of the chromatic scale have equal importance, without relation to a tonal center or key; the absence of tonality …   English World dictionary

  • atonality — /ay toh nal i tee/, n. Music. 1. the absence of key or tonal center. 2. an atonal principle or style of composition. [1920 25; ATONAL + ITY] * * * In music, the absence of functional harmony as a primary structural element. Probably originally a… …   Universalium

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  • atonality — atonal ► ADJECTIVE Music ▪ not written in any key or mode. DERIVATIVES atonality noun …   English terms dictionary

  • atonality — noun see atonal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • atonality — noun a) A style of music that is written without a key. b) A passage written without a key …   Wiktionary

  • atonality — ato·nal·i·ty …   English syllables

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