Definitions

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  • noun One who composes atonal music.

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  • noun A composer of atonal music.

Etymologies

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atonal +‎ -ist

Examples

  • The rest will make you want to slit your wrists or take an Advil at too much atonalist sound distortion.

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  • The rest will make you want to slit your wrists or take an Advil at too much atonalist sound distortion.

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  • Mr. Weber is not a moralist and does not claim that, by preferring Tchaikovsky to, say, the current-day atonalist Charles Wuorinen, we are philistines or reactionaries.

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  • The atonalist members of the second Viennese school had appropriately ludicrous deaths: Arnold Schoenberg, who suffered from a morbid fear of the number 13, died on 13 July 1951; and Anton Webern was accidentally shot in post-war Austria, when GIs arriving to arrest his son-in-law saw him light a cigar and assumed it was a weapon.

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