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tone row

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Definition of tone row in English:

noun

A particular sequence of the twelve notes of the chromatic scale used as a basis for twelve-note (serial) music.
Example sentences
  • The effect is heightened by the wide leaps in the violin part; starting on a high C, the music leaps down nearly two octaves to a low D, then to an E flat in between, and so on, till all twelve notes of a tone row have been used.
  • The composer says that each note of her twelve tone row represents a month.
  • Its long first movement derives its thematic material from a seven-note chord in the Beethoven 9th Symphony's finale and one formed by Ginastera from the remaining five notes that complete the tone row.

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