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tonal

Pronunciation: /ˈtəʊnl/

Translation of tonal in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1.1 [variation/quality] tonal
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 [Music/Música] tonal
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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