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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Since the trumpets before 1814 (when valves were first used) could not produce the full chromatic scale of thirteen tones in an octave, composers of the Romantic and previous eras confined music for the trumpet to fanfares and filler type sounds.
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partitions the twelve notes of the chromatic scale into six symmetrically related dyads' (p.
So hearing at the diatonic scale level is autonomous from hearing at the chromatic scale level.
Much is said in these letters of the applicability of hexachord-building, through the doctrine of conjunctae, on every note of the chromatic scale, allowing in theory a breadth of chromaticism not to be matched in practice even by Gesualdo at the end of the sixteenth century (he was thus not taken aback by the chromatic experiment of Willaert's celebrated "duo" though he did question its correctness of tuning).
Atonality negates the primacy of a keynote or tonic; the notion of a scale built upon the tonic, to which certain of the twelve notes of the chromatic scale belong and to which others are foreign; the building of harmonic combinations exclusively in thirds; and the distinction between consonant and dissonant combinations, especially the need to resolve dissonances into consonances.
Following his preliminary observations, Tosoroni provides charts outlining the general and extended ranges of the instrument, fingerings for a chromatic scale spanning the entire range of the instrument, relations of the valves to the keys of the natural horn, and a method for tuning the valve slides.
The first song, "May," is rich in natural images with a chromatic scale tone painting of bees in the accompaniment.