tone row


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tone row

 (rō)
n. Music
An ordering of notes employing all 12 pitches of the chromatic scale.

tone row

or

tone series

n
(Classical Music) music a group of notes having a characteristic pattern or order that forms the basis of the musical material in a serial composition, esp one consisting of the twelve notes of the chromatic scale. Also called: note row See also serialism, twelve-tone

twelve′-tone` row′

(roʊ)
n.
the 12 chromatic tones of the octave arranged by a composer in a particular sequence and used more or less as the fixed melodic and harmonic basis for a piece.
[1940–45]
Translations

tone row

, tone series (US)
n (twelve-tone music) → Reihe f
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Still, one doesn't need to recognize structure or the way a tone row is used in order to discern aspects of tension and release; such as, the piling up of dissonances vs.
F#-C/G# for the thirds leaves B, F, C# + D# = B, C#, D#, F to complete the tone row.
write a piece using this tone row and that instrumentation), pieces derivative of or reacting against a very narrow canon of music, pieces whose aesthetic -- if there is one -- is ultra-cognitive.
Each tone row is the result of applying a permutation and consists of ringing each of the n bells exactly once.
One player (the `starter') leads off and after one or two cycles the other (the `mixer') enters, interlocking perfectly his tone row with that of the starter.
Being responsive to chord progressions and their manipulations will enhance connections to extraordinary works; knowing something about a tone row, and its variations, will aid in comprehending serial composition.
A short work, it starts and ends with a slow, unmetered section suggesting a tone row, but instead establishes a set of intervals.
Fourteen manuscript items are found in the Dallapiccola Archive in Florence for this complex of nine works that are all based upon the same tone row.
Meier uses an eleven-note tone row, a Lydian motive, and aleatoric elements to create violent outbursts contrasted with moments of tranquility.
His song of 1979, "She jiang cai-furong (Picking Lotus Flowers Along the Riverside)," is based on a tone row containing exclusively pentatonic intervals: major second, major and minor thirds, perfect fourth and fifth, major and minor sixth, and minor seventh.
The notes of a tone row and the forms of a row, Adorno said, were undifferentiated; movement from one to another of them was the result of no compulsion or corollary.
For example, a youngster who has applied serial technique to a composition based on a tone row will increase his/her understanding of a dodecaphonic work, perhaps appreciate it, even though s/he may continue to dislike it.