whole tone scale


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whole tone scale

n. Music
A scale in which each interval is a whole step.
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25-26, where, instead of using repeated pitches for emphasis, Duncan changes the mood through the use of a whole tone scale in the vocal line.
Murray Schafer's Epitaph for Moonlight, I always introduce descending chromatic and whole tone scale patterns several rehearsals in advance.
After that, explore even more scale types: whole tone scale. Pentatonic major.
Glassock features the whole tone and pentatonic scales in "Two butterflies" A descending whole tone scale on the last four notes of m.
Harmonically, traditional keys predominate with liberal use of color chords, the whole tone scale, parallel structures, and unusual tonal shifts.
Whole tone scale fragments are used near the end of each section.
"Awesome Adventure" explores three-note clusters and the whole tone scale. "Baroque Boogie" introduces swing rhythms and the 12 bar blues.
The left hand plays an ostinato that sounds like a clawing cat while the right hand spells an eerie melody that, "fought like demons in the night beneath a shrunken moon." In "The Butterfly," by Hilda Conkling, Kelsey uses the whole tone scale, which creates "edges of gold, before the Sandman puts me to sleep and evening murmurs by."