Definición de tonal en inglés:

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Pronunciación: /ˈtəʊn(ə)l/


1Relating to the tone of music, colour, or writing: his ear for tonal colour the poem’s tonal lapses
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • The gorgeous tonal colors of this music have rarely glistened so brightly!
  • She manages beautifully subtle shifts in tempo without crossing over into the soupy, and she applies a large palette of tonal color tastefully.
  • The Schubert was likewise a weaving of wonderful tonal colors and pianistic power.
1.1Relating to music written using conventional keys and harmony.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • This makes it difficult for contemporary composers to write interesting new tonal music without evoking a film score of some sort.
  • This process could not go on indefinitely, and in 1908 Schoenberg made the break into atonality, abandoning the attempt to fit atonal harmonies into tonal forms.
  • Add to that the fact that I love Massenet because his music is tonal and well harmonised, and you have some idea of my style.
1.2 Phonetics (Of a language) expressing semantic differences by varying the intonation given to words or syllables of a similar sound.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • Chinese is a tonal language: words are differentiated not just by sounds but by whether the intonation is rising or falling.
  • The point of a talking drum is to make noises which sound like words spoken in a tonal language - like Yoruba.
  • Also, Chinese is a tonal language, which means that words change meaning depending on whether they're said with a rising tone, falling tone, falling then rising, or flat.



Pronunciación: /ˈtəʊn(ə)li/
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • This is an aspect that sometimes I miss in Mahler performances and it matters greatly, because Mahler's music is sometimes tonally anchored and sometimes tonally disorientated.
  • The Reeve, the Shipman, and the Merchant's Tales are in a similar vein, although tonally they are all quite different.
  • I've always been frustrated by the ending we saw in the cinema, which strikes me as tonally appropriate, but utterly unconvincing.


Late 18th century (designating church music in plainsong mode): from medieval Latin tonalis, from Latin tonus (see tone).

Palabras que riman con tonal

atonal, Donal, hormonal, Monel, patronal, polytonal, zonal

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