Definition of twelve-tone in English:

twelve-tone

Syllabification: twelve-tone
(also twelve-note)

adjective

  • Denoting a system of musical composition using the twelve chromatic notes of the octave on an equal basis without dependence on a key system. Developed by Arnold Schoenberg, the technique is central to serialism and involves the transposition and inversion of a fixed sequence of pitches.
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    • I could move toward total serialization, or I could move toward some reunderstanding of the chromatic situation in twelve-tone music.
    • Inversion of a row or series of notes is fundamental to twelve-note, or serial, music.
    • The Schoenbergians and Webernistes didn't fit him all that well (his own twelve-tone music derived from Stravinsky and Copland).

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