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a·ton·al

 (ā-tō′nəl)
adj. Music
Lacking a tonal center or key; characterized by atonality.

a·ton′al·ly adv.

atonal

(eɪˈtəʊnəl; æ-)
adj
(Music, other) music having no established key. Compare tonal2
aˈtonalism n
aˈtonally adv

a•ton•al

(eɪˈtoʊn l)

adj.
marked by atonality.
[1920–25]
a•ton′al•ist, n.
a•ton′al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.atonal - characterized by avoidance of traditional western tonalityatonal - characterized by avoidance of traditional western tonality
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
tonal - having tonality; i.e. tones and chords organized in relation to one tone such as a keynote or tonic
Translations

atonal

[æˈtəʊnl] ADJatonal

atonal

[eɪˈtəʊnəl] adj [music] → atonal(e)

atonal

adjatonal
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One of the most prolific and versatile composers of his day, Hindemith had a style that was neoclassical in flavor, harmonically advanced, but decidedly tonal (he was the most articulate opponent of Schoenberg 's atonal techniques).
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An atonal cacophony of a second movement, a double-bass converted into a snare drum (through use of paper between the strings) in the third, musket-like snap pizzicato in the sixth, and shameless glissando in the last.
An atonal cacophony of a second movement, a double-bass converted into a snare drum (through cunning use of a slip of paper between the strings) in the third, musket-like snap pizzicato in the sixth, and shameless glissando in the last.
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Finding the traditional three-part division (tonal; atonal; twelve-tone) to be inadequate, and the label "atonal" to be so broad as to be meaningless, Haimo proposes three new periods, each with subdivisions.