diatonic scale

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Noun1.diatonic scale - a scale with eight notes in an octave; all but two are separated by whole tones
musical scale, scale - (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
musical mode, mode - any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes within an octave
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In the overture, Mozart creates an "uncanny" feeling by combining chromatic harmonies with simple melodic diatonic scales (p.
Its differences from Western music cannot be elaborated here, but they stem from around the Renaissance era, when European composers developed diatonic scales -- the origin of "tempered music.
Future applications of this process lead to a more informed use of full diatonic scales such as the Mixolydian mode, as well chromatic melodic embellishments.
Offering a corrective to the idea of blues melody as a blend of Western fixed diatonic scales and African practice, Kubik postulates that "the excessive use of melisma has often been misunderstood as 'instability' in intonation or purposeful off-pitch phrasing, and the rough timbre qualities of the declamatory west-central Sudanic voice style misunderstood as an aesthetics of 'dirty tones'" (21).
4) Throughout the work, pitch materials are drawn almost exclusively from the diatonic scales indicated by the modes.
The difference is that in the diatonic scales certain pitches, of the twelve possible pitches within an octave, are skipped.
37) However, he over-emphasizes the importance of the octatonic in the earliest works, where it appears almost incidentally as the result of transformations wrought on diatonic scales in response to Bartok's study of unusual folk modes.
There is no modal restriction as such; instead of diatonic scales one can choose 12-tone scales consisting of half-note steps.
Oversimplified, traditional Armenian music is monodic and modal (yet in a sense tonal)--based on diatonic scales unrelated to the octave and exotic sounding to Western ears.
Douthett and Krantz's essay contributes to one of the most active areas of speculative mathematical music theory: the study of diatonic scales initiated by John Clough in the 1970s.
In Balzano's paper, we are presented with a collection of diatonic scales generated by a specific collection of Cn scales.