Definitions

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  • noun Plural form of semitone.

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Examples

  • Instead, their treacherously clustered semitones and contrapuntal subtleties became otherworldly and transcendent.

    In performance: Yale Glee Club 150th

  • The octave being always divided into five tones and two limmas [diatonic semitones]; by increasing the tones equally … the difference between the major and minor limma will be contracted to nothing, which … annihilates all the false consonances.

    Why are minor keys in music sad?

  • Well, simply because Carrillo had 'discovered' the first pitch outside the traditional 12 semitones to the octave.

    Did you know? Mexico's Nobel Prize nominee and music revolutionary

  • Smith is talking about something else we now take completely for granted (it's in the way pianos are tuned, and the way we hear most music today): the division of the octave into 12 equal semitones.

    Why are minor keys in music sad?

  • Well, simply because Carrillo had 'discovered' the first pitch outside the traditional 12 semitones to the octave.

    Did you know? Mexico's Nobel Prize nominee and music revolutionary

  • But the harmony in this system of 12 semitones is extremely coarse and disagreeable.

    Why are minor keys in music sad?

  • It gives an interval of 11/10 [= (2 (2/12) - 35 cents) = 1.65 semitones] between G+ 111 [= 5.51 semitones] and F# 51 [= 3.86 semitones].

    Talkin' Blues

  • The hallmarks of their style were atonality and a twelve-tone method of composition; that is, a style in which a piece's melodies and harmonies are all drawn from a particular arrangement of twelve semitones or half-steps on the modern scale.

    From the archives: Banishing silence

  • It gives an interval of 11/10 [= (2 (2/12) - 35 cents) = 1.65 semitones] between G+ 111 [= 5.51 semitones] and F# 51 [= 3.86 semitones].

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • He played some MP3s at 33.33% too fast, which transposes it up 4 semitones, he said.

    weekend fun

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