diatonic scale


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diatonic scale

[¦dī·ə¦tän·ik ′skāl]
(acoustics)
A musical scale in which the octave is divided into intervals of two different sizes, five of one and two of the other, with adjustments in tuning systems other than equal temperament.
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Haimo's insightful analysis of the Harmonielehre (Vienna: Universal Edition, 1911) shows how Schoenberg's nonfunctional treatment of harmony logically leads to atonality through the use of chord progressions that do not follow functional harmonic rules, by treating all diatonic scale tones equally rather than hierarchically, and by creating chord formations in which it is difficult or impossible to identify which are the dissonant and the consonant tones.
For example, West provides an introduction to the diatonic scale, ratios, the establishment of the whole-tone interval, and the representation of musical intervals by cents.
In the overture, Mozart creates an "uncanny" feeling by combining chromatic harmonies with simple melodic diatonic scales (p.
Its differences from Western music cannot be elaborated here, but they stem from around the Renaissance era, when European composers developed diatonic scales -- the origin of "tempered music.
There is no modal restriction as such; instead of diatonic scales one can choose 12-tone scales consisting of half-note steps.
Boomwhackers Tuned Percussion Tubes are durable yet flexible plastic tubes that emit musical tunes when they strike or are struck by another object, are color-coded by musical note and tuned by length, featuring diatonic and bass diatonic scales.