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tone row

noun, Music.
a series of tones in which no tone is duplicated, and in which the tones generally recur in fixed sequence, with variations in rhythm and pitch, throughout a composition.
Also called note row, twelve-tone row.
Origin of tone row
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for tone-row

tone row

(music) a group of notes having a characteristic pattern or order that forms the basis of the musical material in a serial composition, esp one consisting of the twelve notes of the chromatic scale Also called note row See also serialism, twelve-tone
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