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whole-tone scale

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(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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n.
a musical scale progressing entirely by whole tones, as C, D, E, F♯, G♯, A♯, C.
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There are some adventurous sounds and techniques, although used sparingly: modality, black-key forearm clusters, whole-tone scales and one brief instance of polytonality.
77-80), which uses devices such as whole-tone scales, and the seventh movement of the Etudes tableaux op.
The other quotient groups are [C.sub.12]/[C.sub.2], representing the six tritones; [C.sub.12]/[C.sub.3], representing the four augmented triads; and [C.sub.12]/[C.sub.6] representing the two whole-tone scales. The fact that the quotient group [C.sub.N]/[C.sub.K] has N/K elements makes it easy to figure out how many chords or scales of a given type exist.
Patterns include scales with arpeggios; scales in tetrachords, modes and thirds; arpeggiated diatonic chords and chromatics; blues; pentatonic and whole-tone scales. The second half presents all scales exercises by key.
The rhythmic vitality is maintained in the next section, "poco meno mosso," but the language is now that of whole-tone scales and augmented triads.