tone cluster

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tone cluster

n.
A dissonant group of closely spaced notes played at the same time.
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tone cluster

n
(Classical Music) music a group of adjacent notes played simultaneously, either in an orchestral score or, on the piano, by depressing a whole set of adjacent keys
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Only the violin and piano are actually heard at the end of the movement in a tonally ambiguous closing gesture: the violin's last four pitches are softly doubled by the piano with sustaining pedal down, creating a tone-cluster "cadence."
And I found that Ives's use of strings divided into scales of tone-clusters, which form the background of much of the work, suggested a whole new way of treating the strings, which I worked with a little in my Piano Concerto.
He invented two techniques - "tone-clusters" and opening the piano lid to play directly on its strings -