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tone row

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

tone row

, tone series (US)
n (twelve-tone music) → Reihe f
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References in periodicals archive ?
Bernstein's use of tone rows gradually incorporates more standard twelve-tone compositional techniques and develops personal quirks along the way.
Instead of devising works based on chordal sequences or tone rows, composers, often influenced by electro-acoustic technology, chose to create works based on the development of a sound spectrum, working with harmonic spectra.
Thus, for example, in his discussion of Liriche greche (1942-45), his claim that the three sets of this work with their many different tone rows together form "a unified whole with an overall structure leading from simplicity towards complexity" (p.
In Form, Shapey works with tone rows and motives, but with great freedom.
The following chapter, 'The Progress of a Method: Berg's Tone Rows for Lulu', appeared at the time of the Berg centenary in the Musical Quarterly (lxxi (1985), 500-519).
certain tone rows." Now, at age thirty-two, he retreats once again, when his musical star appears to dim, but he also throws himself into a rather curious relationship with a young local woman.
While Frid uses tone rows in Berg's most lyrical style, the heritage of Prokofiev and Shostakovich is evident in the strong rhythms that mark each section.
Pentatonic melodies and non-pentatonic tone rows are juxtaposed in an antithetical manner.
On the other hand, musical structures traditionally thought of as nontonal, such as tone rows and arrays, may be adapted to simulate tonal functions, or their structure could be the basis of determining tonally analogous functions.
The tone rows upon which the works of the 1950s and 1960s are based are replete with a relatively small number of Stravinsky's favorite dyads (most notably, F-G[M USICAL NOTES NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]and E[MUSICAL NOTES NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] -E) and tetrachords ("BACH" and the "white note" [0235] tetrachords, among others).
But the very fact of the opacity of tone rows points strongly to the existence of the cognitive constraints in question.
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.