chromatic scale


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chromatic scale,

in music: see scalescale,
in music, any series of tones arranged in a step-by-step rising or falling order of pitch. A scale defines the interval relationship of each tone to the others upon which the composition depends.
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Chromatic Scale

 

the scale of 12 semitones. The chromatic scale is regarded as a major or minor scale of passing semitones; hence the rules governing its notation: all diatonic degrees must be notated without enharmonic substitutions. In the major mode, diatonic degrees are indicated in ascending by augmenting the notes of the diatonic scale, except that a diminished seventh is used instead of an augmented sixth. In descending, the notes of the diatonic scale are diminished, except that an augmented fourth is used instead of a diminished fifth. In the minor mode, the notation of the relative major is used in ascending, and that of the major of the same name is used in descending.

chromatic scale

Music a twelve-note scale including all the semitones of the octave
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The piece initially has a dodecaphonic feel, although the pattern here is usually to hear 10 notes of the chromatic scale before a note is repeated.
At least Wilson's build-up of Bach references managed to create and sustain tension as the film reached its horrible, mob-crazed end, and we must applaud him for his restraint in not over-using the traditional 'horror' chord (the diminished seventh) and for not quoting from Andrew Lloyd Webber's score (one bar's-worth of descending chromatic scale could have been merely that).
Written in the key of F minor, this selection features a chromatic scale, numerous eighth notes, third intervals and a glissando at the end.
Key signatures only expand to two sharps and two flats (big selling point with most students, alas) with chords, chromatic scale and syncopation introduced gently.
Here, the whole-tone scale rubs shoulders with a twelve-note pileup of superimposed fourths and with a six-note motive that serves both as "tonic" reference and as the source of an endlessly proliferating series of modal cells that center around and intermittently return to the note D - as when the long climactic build to the top of "The Arch" sinks quickly on to the low pedal D that underpins the first half of "Darkness," before emerging into the harmonically neutral light of a harp arpeggio built from fourths and that again spans all twelve notes of the chromatic scale.
Below is the chromatic scale, both ascending and descending:
It can play only the notes of the natural harmonic series, but by stopping the bell of the horn with the hand, a player can obtain a full chromatic scale in the middle and upper range.
This is an energetic romp with short phrases and staccato notes punctuated with saucy dissonance and chromatic snippets, dramatically joined by a long chromatic scale.
They were capable of producing an almost complete chromatic scale, over five octaves; but ancient Chinese music already exhibited a tendency to pentatonism, and the Zeng orchestras seem to have played in alternating tonalities (like an Indonesian gamelan), to represent the music of various regions of China, each having its own "pitch standards" (lu), The nomenclature of notes reveals that the octave was either regarded as the product of super-imposed major 3rds, or analyzed as a parallel pair of whole-tone scales.
The transposer is comprised of two octaves of the chromatic scale printed on a fixed circular outer dial.
Some experience with thumb-under arpeggios and the chromatic scale will be helpful to the student before playing this piece.
From the poised, chordal opening, his spectacular technique never failed to dazzle: those chromatic scales up and down the keyboard were masterful.