tone

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type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg; uses a tone row formed by the twelve semitones of the chromatic scale (and inverted or backward versions of the row) 12-tone music , 12-tone system , twelve-tone music , twelve-tone system
ability to identify the pitch of a tone absolute pitch , perfect pitch
caustic in tone acrid
quality of being sharply disagreeable in language or tone acridity , acridness
Austrian composer in Schoenberg's twelve-tone music system (1885-1935) Alban Berg , Berg
assessment of the physical condition of a newborn infant; involves heart rate and muscle tone and respiratory effort and color and reflex responsiveness Apgar score
decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase attack , tone-beginning
short high tone produced as a signal or warning beep , bleep
birdcall that resembles the tone of a bell bell-like call
photoengraving technique for adding shading or texture or tone to a printed image Benday process
pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone bourdon , drone , drone pipe
abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion) break
exercise for muscle tone, grace calisthenics
recite in singing tone cantillate , intone
singing tone, recite in cantillate , intone
repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone chant
act of singing in a monotonous tone chanting , intonation
medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill tone clarion
tone language that uses pitch changes contour language
range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness) contrast
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