Definition of whole-tone scale in English:

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whole-tone scale

Pronunciation: /ˈhōl ˌtōn ˌskāl/


A scale consisting entirely of intervals of a tone, with no semitones.
Example sentences
  • 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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