In the overture, Mozart creates an "uncanny" feeling by combining chromatic harmonies with simple melodic diatonic scales
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.
Plus lots of diatonic scales
and even more arpeggios.
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.