semitone


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sem·i·tone

 (sĕm′ē-tōn′, sĕm′ī-)
n. Music
An interval equal to a half tone in the standard diatonic scale. Also called half step, halftone.

sem′i·to′nal adj.
sem′i·to′nal·ly adv.

semitone

(ˈsɛmɪˌtəʊn)
n
(Music, other) an interval corresponding to a frequency difference of 100 cents as measured in the system of equal temperament, and denoting the pitch difference between certain adjacent degrees of the diatonic scale (diatonic semitone) or between one note and its sharpened or flattened equivalent (chromatic semitone); minor second. Also called (US and Canadian): half step Compare whole tone
semitonic adj
ˌsemiˈtonally adv

sem•i•tone

(ˈsɛm iˌtoʊn, ˈsɛm aɪ-)

n.
a musical pitch halfway between two whole tones.
[1600–10]
sem`i•ton′al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.semitone - the musical interval between adjacent keys on a keyboard instrument
musical interval, interval - the difference in pitch between two notes
Translations
نِصْف دَرَجَة في السُّلَّم الموسيقي
půltón
halvtone
félhang
hálftónn
pustonis
pustonis
poltón
yarım ton

semitone

[ˈsemɪtəʊn] Nsemitono m

semitone

[ˈsɛmitəʊn] n (MUSIC)demi-ton m

semitone

[ˈsɛmɪˌtəʊn] n (Mus) → semitono

semitone

(ˈsemitəun) noun
half a tone in the musical scale. F sharp is a semitone above F natural.
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Rampe states that "tremolo" is Fuhrmann's term for mordent and that the pitches in Fuhrmann's example are one step too high, even though when corrected in this way, Fuhrmann's example no longer shows a semitone, which he stipulates as part of the definition of "tremolo" (2:202).
From the teleological unity of this musical system--the purposeful use of an omnipresent mathematical design--combined with the monadic impetus of lyric poems come the glorious accompaniment "images" of Schubert's songs: slowly rising arpeggios to express dreams or visions, the gradual ripple of harmonic progressions to reflect the glistening of water or hair, the association of water with a series of figurations of the tonic triad throughout Die schone Miillerin (1824), arpeggios gathered into dense chords to represent rolling, breaking waves, threnodic D minor harmonies to depict the pain of a departing lover, and something as simple as a descending semitone for the throb of pain (an affect known to J.
Steph, who can't manage without a cupboard full of biscuits and chocolate, sung her pecan tart's praises, even if it was a semitone too sweet.
Admittedly, with the obstinate promotion of athematism and microtones (whose moderate use enriches the musical language, as documented by Ponc's The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower) Haba may have done a disservice to his work, his notion of possible refining of the human ear so as to perceive tonal particles has failed to materialise, yet a number of his semitone pieces definitely deserve to be performed, as does the music of his other contemporaries, which is virtually unknown to concert-goers too.
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Younger students may find the British terminology such as quaver and semitone a bit daunting, and the book's straight-forward approach seems more like that of an adult method book--efficient presentation, varied repertoire and included theory instruction.
Each test block included 54 trials (9 contours x 3 semitone spacings x 2 repeats of stimuli) and one block was completed at each test session.
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It does not merely proceed from one unsaturated harmony to the next; each voice pursues its own lonely anxiety-ridden journey through tonal space, moving by semitone or whole-tone steps in obedience to a kind of obsession that seems to owe nothing to the harmonic network of which it is a part.
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