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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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Enharmonic respellings simplify the score's appearance when double flats and sharps would have made the voice-leading more clear for analysis.
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Read programmenotes from decades long past and they will be full of references to "first subjects" and "transitions with enharmonic modulations" and all kinds of technical procedures unfolding as the music progresses.
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Clothed notables included Charles Olson on the cover of Niagara Frontier Review, 1964, lecturing at a blackboard where a chalked spiral spins out the words EMBODIMENT and ENHARMONIC, and an album called Dial-a-Poem Poets: Totally Corrupt, 1972, whose cover places Waldman, Giorno, Allen Ginsberg, and Robert Creeley around a boardroom table with William S.
Marchetto further provoked Prosdocimo's ire by applying traditional terms such as enharmonic, chromatic, and diatonic in unconventional ways to his newly defined intervals.
Possent" in this case refers to the subject of Bacon's previous discussion about enharmonic music (enharmonicus) and its many layers (multos gradus).
And even if it's still not so easy to restage Satie's monumental Vexations (though a 1983 Alan Marks recording manages a restrained 40 repetitions at 70 minutes), one can still catch a sense of his enharmonic equivalents while listening to those final two words silently repeating themselves on your lips--"immobilites serieuses," modern music's Faustian bedtime story.
The software has the ability to create separate linked parts from a divisi staff in the score or to show different enharmonic spellings between the part and score.
These absurdities (from today's point of view) were removed, but this sometimes caused displeasure, as did enharmonic changes of individual notes and sometimes whole passages from double flat or double sharp to simpler notated form (obviously sounding exactly the same).
Only Finale offers complete control, with the ability to create separate linked parts from a divisi staff in the score or to show different enharmonic spellings between the part and score.
Precisely because it leads from one section of the movement to another, this passage is structurally important, and the resulting harmonic change is very different: the A[natural] creates a conventional dominant chord to the tonic, and the A# produces an enharmonic modulation to the tonic.