A scale consisting entirely of intervals of a tone, with no semitones.
- The pentatonic scale, like the whole-tone scale, has attracted some Western composers as a means of expressing nationalism, echoing folk traditions, or creating special effects.
- Also mapped to the E whole-tone scale, his ‘Prime Numbers Whole Tone Quartet ‘was determined by prime numbers expressed in base 5.’
- Ex.8a shows the quartet's opening statement of this material and the piano's response; ex.8b shows how this relates to the whole-tone scale.
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Syllabification: whole-tone scale
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