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quarter tone

n
(Music, other) music a quarter of a whole tone; a pitch interval corresponding to 50 cents measured on the well-tempered scale

quar′ter tone`



n.
a musical interval equal to half a semitone.
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Noun1.quarter tone - half of a semitone
musical interval, interval - the difference in pitch between two notes
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From the most seductive gypsy dance (that even Salome would have been proud of) to the Aria sung in the soulful quarter tones of Arabic, this version of Carmen impressed on every level.
It's a normal piano but when you play the piano it's magical because it's able to play music with quarter tones.
The only shard of purposeful-sounding assonance in the first half of the concert comes when Sde puts aside the nai and picks up his clarinet -- a beast big enough to allow the player to bend its notes to the maqam's quarter tones.
This is Romantic music at heart, but with a Modernist twist: quarter tones and unresolved dissonance lie cheek-by-jowl with sweeping, lyrical motives and jaw-dropping virtuoso displays.
Quarter tones are frequently notated and indicated in vocal scores by composers today; use of them can become as everyday as singing semitones.
There is no specific mention of quarter tones here.
On the second-to-last track, one horn plays a call that sounds like an Arabic chant, with shimmering piles of vibrato and delicious quarter tones.
It's not super crazy, no quarter tones or that sort of thing.
Gathering colors, one after another, brother of half patches, stepfather of quarter tones brought to a sketch, an easel, like offerings for a poor box.
Her husband claimed he could write any tune in tonic sol-fa, but one song he refused even to attempt, saying that 'She changes the doh in every verse' and that the air was full of quarter tones and glissandi.
I begin to paddle, easy at first, then digging in, pushing with one arm while pulling with the other, the long shaft and thin blades extensions of my hands, moving in quiet rhythm, the water falling away in quarter tones that will be my mantra for the next ten days.
Outwardly a tranquil meditation inspired by Foltynova's strong attachment to Turkey, it evokes Near Eastern vocal melodics with its quarter tones, long phrases and scales, but this is definitely not a question of mete superficial imitation--more an intensively lived influence.