twelve-tone row
noun Date: 1941 the 12 chromatic tones of the octave placed in a chosen fixed order and constituting with some permitted permutations and derivations the melodic and harmonic material of a serial musical piece

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  • twelve-tone row — twelve′ tone row′ [[t]roʊ[/t]] n. mad the 12 chromatic tones of the octave arranged by a composer in a particular sequence and used more or less as the fixed melodic and harmonic basis for a piece • Etymology: 1940–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • twelve-tone row — noun : the 12 chromatic tones of the octave placed in a chosen fixed order and constituting with some permitted permutations and derivations the melodic and harmonic material of a movement or work called also tone row * * * /roh/. See tone row.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • twelve-tone row — /roh/. See tone row. Also, twelve note row /twelv noht roh /. [1940 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • twelve-note row — twelve tone row or twelve note row see under ↑twelve • • • Main Entry: ↑row …   Useful english dictionary

  • tone row — tone′ row n. mad twelve tone row • Etymology: 1940–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • twelve-tone — twelve′ tone adj. mad of, pertaining to, or being music based on the twelve tone row • Etymology: 1935–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • Twelve-tone technique — Arnold Schoenberg, the inventor of Twelve tone technique …   Wikipedia

  • Tone row — P 0 tone row melody from Arnold Schoenberg s Op. 25 Minuet Trio opening[1]   …   Wikipedia

  • tone row — 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. [1940 45] * * * tone row noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • tone row — 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. [1940 45] * * * …   Universalium

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