Definition of microtone in English:

microtone

Line breaks: micro|tone
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪkrə(ʊ)təʊn
 
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noun

Music
  • An interval smaller than a semitone.
    More example sentences
    • It was at this time that he divided the scale into 43 microtones - there are 12 semitone intervals in a traditional chromatic scale - and began inventing instruments that could play his new microtonal music.
    • Oh, but only having twelve notes per octave is a distinct limitation: let's make it not only possible but straightforward to play microtones and true glissandi without loss of tone quality, just as the violin can.
    • The vast array of techniques explored in the 20th century, the lead often taken by jazz musicians, included a wide variety of glissandos, multiphonics, microtones, expressive attacks, and mutes.

Derivatives

microtonal

adjective
More example sentences
  • Unusual techniques abound but these performers careen through the tone clusters and microtonal brambles like dancers through dense forests.
  • His music, in fact, had changed dramatically in the past twenty years, from anguishly atonal to transparently microtonal, pervaded by all kinds of Eastern influences.
  • The minimalist musical style - expressive vocal lines made up of twisting microtonal chants and incantations accompanied by a small ensemble of trumpets and drums - also helps cast a spell.

microtonality

noun
More example sentences
  • For myself, however, I have had different approaches to microtonality at different times.
  • The microtonality is so rich, so expressive, and it reveals a great deal of emotional quality.
  • On most wind instruments microtonality is applicable with the help of special blowing techniques and fingerings.

microtonally

adverb
More example sentences
  • These experiments began with microtonally tuned pianos, and player pianos.
  • The trio have the uncanny and much-welcomed ability to wax microtonally one minute and rattle the shutters the next.
  • A version of the Hellertion was produced in 1931 microtonally tuned to 10 divisions of an octave.

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