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adj. Music
Of or using only the seven tones of a standard scale without chromatic alterations.

[Late Latin diatonicus, from Greek diatonikos : dia-, dia- + tonos, tone; see tone.]

di′a·ton′i·cal·ly adv.
di′a·ton′i·cism (-ĭ-sĭz′əm) n.


the use of the diatonic scale of five whole tones and two halftones in the composition of music. Also diatonism. Cf. chromaticism.
See also: Music
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The most striking feature of both Nielsen's songs and symphonies is a kind of shifting diatonicism, creating what Daniel Grimley has described as a "fractured musical surface.
The most salient traits of Kapral's style are unexpected modulations, flexible diatonicism (mainly major/minor oscillations) and modality, employment of ninth, augmented and fourth chords, quasi improvisations, a penchant for repetition of the motif in various harmonic, dynamic and other connections, finales in pp, brilliant piano stylisations with spread chords in the left hand and use of extreme positions of instrumental playing.
Chapters are devoted to recent techniques including free diatonicism, serialism, and indeterminacy.