Definition of enharmonic in English:


Syllabification: en·har·mon·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌenhärˈmänik


  • 1Of or relating to notes that are the same in pitch (in modern tuning) though bearing different names (e.g., F sharp and G flat or B and C flat).
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    • Some 16th-century composers evidently favoured the enharmonic advantages of the system.
    • You can see that his fondness for modulation by thirds and enharmonic shifts comes from French composers.
    • Go around the first half of the circle until all seven letters of the alphabet have been used with sharps, or use the enharmonic relationship between F-sharp and G-flat major to make the transition into flat keys.
  • 1.1Of or having intervals smaller than a semitone (e.g., between notes such as F sharp and G flat, in systems of tuning that distinguish them).
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    • The main purpose of the 1997 restoration was to replace the missing enharmonic tuning system, with its missing pipes and slider mechanism



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  • The repetition of the original words at the close of the first stanza returns to the original music, but modulates to E minor, the D s of which shift enharmonically to E (flat).
  • Just as the pitches are enharmonically related, intervals that contain the same number of half-steps are referred to as enharmonically equivalent intervals.
  • For example, the key of B, with five sharps, is enharmonically equivalent to the key of Có, with 7 flats.


early 17th century (designating ancient Greek music based on a tetrachord divided into two quartertones and a major third): via late Latin from Greek enarmonikos, from en- 'in' + harmonia 'harmony'.

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