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a. Relating to colors or color.
b. Relating to color perceived to have a saturation greater than zero.
2. Music
a. Of, relating to, or based on the chromatic scale.
b. Relating to chords or harmonies based on nonharmonic tones.

[Greek khrōmatikos, from khrōma, khrōmat-, color.]

chro·mat′i·cal·ly adv.
chro·mat′i·cism (-sĭz′əm) n.


(kroʊˈmæt əˌsɪz əm, krə-)

chromatic musical style.


the use of the chromatic scale or chromatic halftones in musical compositions. Cf. diatonicism.
See also: Music


[krəˈmætɪsɪzəm] n (Mus) → cromatismo
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Whatever the case, the composer's used of non-traditional (up till then) tonalities and the extensive use of chromaticism, are both elements which influenced many composers who followed.
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1 [Winter 1990]: 37-73); or Walter Everett's survey of structural chromaticism in Simon's music (in Understanding Rock: Essays in Musical Analysis, ed.
The rhythmic play of the hemiola between voice and piano creates a sense of urgency, with the chromaticism mirrored in the piano, and finally ends with a sense of disquiet as the piano hovers around a D in the low and middle registers.
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