Definition of pentatonic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpɛntəˈtɒnɪk/


Relating to, based on, or denoting a scale of five notes, especially one without semitones equivalent to an ordinary major scale with the fourth and seventh omitted: pentatonic scales in the key of G Major a simple pentatonic idea repeated chromatically
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  • In the same way Bartok used many seconds and sevenths found in monophonic Hungarian folk music, contemporary Korean composers have frequently used seconds and fourths derived from the pentatonic scale in both melody and harmony.
  • At the start of the symphony, the strings are tuned to the notes of the pentatonic scale, and they are tuned back to the traditional Western scale as the symphony progresses.
  • It's about unresolved conflict expressed through white notes colliding against black notes of the pentatonic scale.



Example sentences
  • The pentatonicism helps lighten the contrapuntal texture.
  • His response to American popular styles during his stay in New York led to an intensification of certain characteristics, notably pentatonicism and ostinatos.
  • One is the pentatonicism of the melodic lines, since the pentatonic formulae of folk song and children's runes are those that spring most spontaneously from nature's promises.

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