Translation of tonality in Spanish:

tonality

Pronunciation: /təʊˈnæləti/

n (plural -ties)

uncountable or countable/no numerable o numerable
  • [Art/Arte] [Music/Música] tonalidad (feminine)
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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