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adj. Music
Of, relating to, or involving tones that are identical in pitch but are written differently according to the key in which they occur, as C sharp and D flat, for example.

[Late Latin enharmonicus, from Greek enarmonios : en-, in; see en-2 + harmoniā, harmony; see harmony.]

en′har·mon′i·cal·ly adv.


1. (Music, other) denoting or relating to a small difference in pitch between two notes such as A flat and G sharp: not present in instruments of equal temperament such as the piano, but significant in the intonation of stringed and wind instruments
2. (Music, other) denoting or relating to enharmonic modulation
[C17: from Latin enharmonicus, from Greek enarmonios, from en-2 + harmonia; see harmony]
ˌenharˈmonically adv


(ˌɛn hɑrˈmɒn ɪk)

having the same pitch in the tempered scale but written in different notation, as G sharp and A flat.
[1590–1600; < Late Latin enharmonicus < Greek enarmónios (-icus replacing -ios) =en- en-1 + harmónios harmonious]
en`har•mon′i•cal•ly, adv.
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One advantage of this grid is its ability to distinguish between two enharmonic intervals according to their contextual scale degrees.
Vicentino is remembered today chiefly for his attempt to incorporate chromatic and enharmonic intervals in the music of his time and for his famous debate with the Portuguese musician Vicente Lusitano in 1551, on whether a Regina caeli they had sung was pure diatonic (as Lusitano claimed) or diatonic mixed with the chromatic and enharmonic genera (Vicentino's position, since he considered that minor 3rds belonged to the chromatic, major 3rds to the enharmonic genus).