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Definition of the noun atonality

What does atonality mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: atonalities

  1. the absence of a key; alternative to the diatonic system

Alternative definition of the noun atonality


  1. [uncountable, music] A style of music that is written without a key.
  2. [countable, music] A passage written without a key.


"Atonality" is a musical single of E'm~grief~.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Atonality

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Google previewSeismographic Screams: "Erwartung"'s Reverberations Through ...

Atonality is the analogue of this failure and its concomitant emotional distress.29 Carpenter seeks to illustrate that Erwartung is a work about memory, another reiteration of Adorno's characterization of the work as a psychological " seismograph ...

Google previewMigration and Literature (2008)

Günter Grass, Milan Kundera, Salman Rushdie, and Jan Kjærstad by S. Frank

The atonality is an effect of the interdependence and overlapping of locally inflected literary experiences across national borders, just as it is an ...

Google previewThe Sacred Neuron (2007)

Discovering the Extraordinary Links Between Science and Religion by John W. Bowker

Atonality is a step in the direction of the kind of elite privacy explored by Derrida ( p 53). Innovation, however, does not depend on privacy of the restricted kind that seemed inevitable during the twentieth century. Thus Rosen commented on the ...

Google previewThe Dramaturgy of Opera. Aspects of Contemporary Reading (2017)

From the Standpoint of the Director by Vania Batchvarova

Atonality is a musical ...

Google previewOn Louis Simpson (1988)

Depths Beyond Happiness by Hank Lazer

Atonality is a convention: the imitators of Webern are as dull as the severe American imitators of Ezra Pound and ...

Google previewDouglas Moore (2011)

A Bio-bibliography by Jerry L. McBride

Atonality is a little like the Roosevelt administration. The believers are pontifical, the non-believers almost apoplectic.” Moore believes that “a system of musical axioms can never be established in theory until it has been demonstrated in ...

Google previewSchoenberg's Transformation of Musical Language (2006)

by Ethan Haimo

We can start by picking up where Schoenberg left off, with the recognition that atonality is a negative term. By its literal meaning, it seems to suggest that the one significant feature of an atonal composition is that it is not tonal. But precisely ...

Google previewConstructive Dissonance (1997)

Arnold Schoenberg and the Transformations of Twentieth-century Culture by Juliane Brand, Christopher Hailey

Atonality. Ethan Haimo Seen from the vantage point of the 1990s, the birth of atonality is an accomplished and inarguable fact, one of the most significant events in the history of Western music. Placed as we are in time — after this complete ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (2013)

by Richard Kostelanetz

Atonality is a state of the musical material brought about through a general historical development. The 12-tone technique is a.

Google previewSelected Essays & Readings (2003)

On the Origin of Music by Robert Fink

Atonality is a musical system that avoids creating a feeling.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Music in the 20th Century (2014)

by Lol Henderson, Lee Stacey

Although harmonicallyabstract, Coleman's music was based in the blues; indeedthe atonality of freejazzhad precedents in theshouts or fieldhollers oftheearly blues worksongs. Free jazzand modaljazz are closely related. Thelack of a defined ...

Google previewSchirmer's Complete Rhyming Dictionary (2010)

by Paul Zollo

animality artificiality asexuality atonality banality bestiality bilaterality bipotentiality bisexuality brutality carnality causality centrality collegiality commonality commonalty conditionality confidentiality congeniality constitutionality conventionality ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide Music Dictionary (2010)

by Dr. Stanford Felix

Some ofthese styles include serial music, atonality, expressionism, neoclassicism, musique concrète, and aleatory and electronic music.

Google previewEssential Dictionary of Composers

by L. C. Harnsberger

IMPORTANT ITEMS: Compositions incorporate polytonality, atonality and quarter-tone.

Google previewDictionary, Grades 6 - 12 (2012)

Classic Reference Library by American Education Publishing

atonality n. a•tone v. To give satisfaction; to make amends; to pay an emotional, moral, or ethical debt. a•tone•ment n. Amends for an injury or a wrongdoing; the reconciliation between God and man. a•top prep. On the top ...

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Atonality Meaning

Video shows what atonality means. A style of music that is written without a key.. A passage written without a key.. Atonality Meaning. How to pronounce ...

Scrabble value of A1T1O1N1A1L1I1T1Y4

The value of this 9-letter word is 12 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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