whole-tone scale


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whole-tone scale

n
(Music, other) either of two scales produced by commencing on one of any two notes a chromatic semitone apart and proceeding upwards or downwards in whole tones for an octave. Such a scale, consisting of six degrees to the octave, is used by Debussy and subsequent composers
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whole′-tone` scale′



n.
a musical scale progressing entirely by whole tones, as C, D, E, F♯, G♯, A♯, C.
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Too often pedagogical compositions are ersatz confections of highlights from the standard repertoire or overly pedantic displays of this or that theory lesson (look, a whole-tone scale!).
It is based on the C whole-tone scale. I composed it at age 16.''
"Long" on measure 16's downbeat and second beat is 5-33 (02468), a subset of the whole-tone scale, and the particular instantiation of it here (F[sharp] A[flat] B[flat] C D) is pitch-class-symmetrical around B[flat], not B.
She discusses the early songs with some admirable analysis of the harmonic language, showing how Casella took delight in modal writing, while avoiding conspicuous use of the whole-tone scale (as Ravel had advised him).
In the course of the next chorus (bars 108 to 120) he uses the first of the traditional blues motives Rouse had introduced - one of his own trademarks, the descending whole-tone scale - and makes little reference to his own composition.
Since the intervals are 240[cents], they are closely related to the 200[cents]-wide whole-tone scale of the twelve-tone system, although they have one less note.
Frisch considers it 'a masterstroke' on the grounds that 'it serves genuinely to mediate between the preceding whole-tone scale and the subsequent D-minor return' (p.
The author tells us, for example, that the March of Blackamoor employs a whole-tone scale (p.
(A new recording by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, conducted b y Arturo Tamayo with Sylvie Sulle, Christian Ivaldi, and Laure Morabito as soloists, is available on Timpani [1C1044, 1978].) Deriving his third-tone microintervals from the Debussian whole-tone scale, Ohana began to incorporate these intervals as a distinctive feature of his music from this time onward.
(Wozzeck's motive, which consists of four pitches from one whole-tone scale and one "misfit" from the other, is an example.) As the ideas and characters are transformed through the opera, the musical symbols representing them are transformed similarly through the voice leading.