atonality

atonality

[ey-toh-nal-i-tee]
noun Music.
1.
the absence of key or tonal center.
2.
an atonal principle or style of composition.

Origin:
1920–25; atonal + -ity

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atonality (ˌeɪtəʊˈnælɪtɪ, ˌæ-)
 
n
1.  absence of or disregard for an established musical key in a composition
2.  the principles of composition embodying this and providing a radical alternative to the diatonic system

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