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  • In these sometimes bizarre works, many of which evoke the despair of the composer's old age (the wandering harmonies of "Nuages Gris"), Liszt flirted with the extreme chromaticism ("En Reve"), augmented chords and whole-tone scales ("La Lugubre Gondola") that would provide paths out of tonality for later composers.

    Pianists Andre Watts and Evgeny Kissin offer Liszt recitals

  • Fluttering melodic figures, submerged in whole-tone scales and rippling intervals, escaped into the air only to evaporate into a limpid, Wagnerian fog, specked by floating dissonances.

    An Otherworldly Opera

  • (I'll have to go back and listen again, but I seem to remember Debussy having some fun in some piece — Images, maybe? — with conflating the half-step difference between whole-tone scales and common-tone key shifts.)

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  • (Soundbite of scale on piano) Mr. VALI: These two whole-tone scales move into the background and generate a whole array of harmonies on the foreground.

    Debussy's 'La Mer' Marks 100th Birthday

  • The stacking of major seconds is extensive enough in this song to account for an entire whole-tone scale, a certainly unique (and subtle) musical feat of the sort not normally associated with The Fall.

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  • And in his late works he anticipated the whole-tone scale and impressionistic procedures of Debussy.

    Playing Liszt

  • The Firvulag throng was now almost out of control, straining close to the platform on their side of the field and making an uproar of derisive twitters, growls, and a deep bourdon drone of humming that now reached a crescendo of maddening whole-tone intervals.

    The Golden Torc

  • And whole-tone and duodecuple scales and modern harmony in general are taking us farther and farther away from those natural laws of the vibrating string upon which arm-chair theorists have sought to build a very top-heavy edifice.

    Recent Developments in European Thought

  • _Tristan_ (bars 6 to 10), experimented with the whole-tone scale and drew his pen through it, as was to be expected from

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • F [sharp] -- G [sharp], G [flat] -- A [flat], etc. The expressions _half-step_ and _whole-step_ are much to be preferred to _half-tone_ and _whole-tone_, as being more clear and definite.

    Music Notation and Terminology

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