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adj. Music
Of or using only the seven tones of a standard scale without chromatic alterations.

[Late Latin diatonicus, from Greek diatonikos : dia-, dia- + tonos, tone; see tone.]

di′a·ton′i·cal·ly adv.
di′a·ton′i·cism (-ĭ-sĭz′əm) n.
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Made of maple with 32 brass strings, it is diatonically tuned in the key of D and played with the fingernails.
Subsequently, the 1980s saw the making of talempong kreasi baru (new-creation talempong)--packaged spectacles for tourist and state events--that employed diatonically tuned instruments and big orchestras conducted by a leader.
These are repeating "shapes" (like 1231) that can be shifted up or down diatonically in sequences.
Studying his music, one never doubts that Nielsen was thinking diatonically, but he did so in an unanchored sort of way.
Thus, we have heard male and female voices, after having pursued to their most elevated limit the diatonic notes which appertain to the full voice, take the falsetto voice, in order to rise higher, then descending diatonically, always retaining the falsetto, unto a certain distance below the limit at which the full voice had stopped; so that the same diatonic notes which have been produced in ascending by the full voice, are produced in descending by the falsetto voice.
McFerrin's live performances include spontaneity (for example, he sometimes chooses audience members with whom he orchestrates an improvisational duet), but his music is more conventionally tonally and rhythmically integrated than Medulla; Bjork's album includes many traditional harmonies and familiar metrical patterns but also disrupts these with interacting parts that do not align diatonically or metrically.
This eighth-note pattern weaves through various five-finger patterns, both chromatically and diatonically, and extends at times beyond the five-finger pattern creating unusual fingering combinations.
But because the line does not resolve diatonically as the harmony suggests that it should, the cadence instead feels unfinished, just as Orlando and Rosalind feel unsatisfied by the false nuptials to the point that both proclaim the need to end the role-playing.
(The older instrument was tuned diatonically.) In addition, the conservatories supported a class of highly specialized faculty members who standardized repertoire, created rigorous pedagogical methods, and developed a new virtuosic performance style that began to take shape in the 1950s and 1960s.