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tonality

Pronunciation: /təʊˈnæləti/

Translation of tonality in Spanish:

noun/nombre (plural -ties)

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  • [Art/Arte] [Music/Música] tonalidad (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • In music, melody and tonality became old-fashioned, and the twelve tone row and atonality reigned supreme in ‘serious’ composition.
    • After all, you have tonality in modal music; you have tonality in folk music that has nothing to do with the triadic system.
    • A similar sensitivity to tonality permeates his music today.
    Example sentences
    • The Adagio section has some lush, fluorescent sounds, in which Schoenberg flirts with major tonalities and then destroys them.
    • While some tonalities require the use of black keys, no key signatures are employed.
    • At the very end of the piece, in a very contemporary strategy, the perfect fourth yields to a tritone, C-#, thereby obscuring an unambiguous closure in an enriched tonality of D major.
    Example sentences
    • Bartok was a radical, even in the early piano music he was experimenting with conventional harmonies and tonality.
    • This 35-minute symphony in one movement could hardly be more serious, and it finds the composer embracing tonality and convention in a manner that would have been unthinkable to him twenty years earlier.
    • This is one of those few works in which Rodrigo chose to set aside conventional tonality; the results are not difficult for the average listener to enjoy, however.
    Example sentences
    • Its semi-finished state and near monochrome, cold blue tonality indicate that it is a surviving design for the relief.
    • On the other hand, if large amounts of well-preserved authentic paint are obscured, it is usually worthwhile revealing them and regaining the tonality of the original colours.
    • The larger canvases in the series ‘The Sky is Crying’ are predominantly dark in tonality.

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The language of the Basque Country and Navarre is euskera, spoken by around 750,000 people; in Spanish vasco or vascuence. It is also spelled euskara. Basque is unrelated to the Indo-European languages and its origins are unclear. Like Spain's other regional languages, Basque was banned under Franco. With the return of democracy, it became an official language alongside Spanish, in the regions where it is spoken. It is a compulsory school subject and is required for many official and administrative posts in the Basque Country. There is Basque language television and radio and a considerable number of books are published in Basque. See also lenguas cooficiales