tonalities

tonality

[toh-nal-i-tee]
noun, plural tonalities.
1.
Music.
a.
the sum of relations, melodic and harmonic, existing between the tones of a scale or musical system.
b.
a particular scale or system of tones; a key.
2.
(in painting, graphics, etc.) the system of tones or tints, or the color scheme, of a picture.
3.
the quality of tones.

Origin:
1830–40; tonal + -ity

tonalitive, adjective
nontonality, noun
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tonality (təʊˈnælɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  music
 a.  the actual or implied presence of a musical key in a composition
 b.  Compare atonality the system of major and minor keys prevalent in Western music since the decline of modes
2.  the overall scheme of colours and tones in a painting

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