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Antonyms for diatonic

chromatic, unkeyed, atonal.

Usage examples for diatonic

  1. I now present him a form of the diatonic scale. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  2. Pioneer because in youth he had bowed to the tyranny of the diatonic scale and savored the illicit joys of the chromatic. – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  3. Our ears are so accustomed to associate melody with a certain diatonic scale, and with accompanying harmony, actual or potential, that it is very difficult for us to comprehend as melody successions which do not conform to that scheme, as, for example, the melodies of Oriental nations, the scales of which are far more complex and difficult to understand than ours. – Wagner's Tristan und Isolde by George Ainslie Hight
  4. Some had twelve, some fourteen and some even sixteen strings, so that madrigals and compositions both chromatic and diatonic could be performed and a fine harmony produced. – Some Forerunners of Italian Opera by William James Henderson
  5. When properly rendered, even if read with but little animation, each syllable, or concrete, passes through an interval of a second, and the several syllables are discretely uttered; but the radical pitch varies from syllable to syllable, forming a diatonic melody. – The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 by Ministry of Education
  6. Comparing a modern hymn- tune in this style with some fine setting of an old tune in the diatonic ecclesiastical manner, one might attribute the superiority of the old music entirely to its harmonic system; but I think this would be wrong. – A Practical Discourse on Some Principles of Hymn-Singing by Robert Bridges
  7. His song has nothing very exquisite in it- it is simply " chip, chip, chip," from the beginning to the end; and his notes are not only all on the same key- a monotony which one might pardon, if he was particularly good- natured- but they are all on the same point in the diatonic scale. – Stories about Animals: with Pictures to Match by Francis C. Woodworth
  8. The first call is of six or eight notes that start high and tremulo down the owl's diatonic scale to a low one that has a round, flute- like quality though the whole sounds as if it were made somewhere else and were merely echoing from the wood. – Old Plymouth Trails by Winthrop Packard
  9. As the auxiliary note of a trill is ever the diatonic sequel of a stated note it must, in this case, be a whole tone above B- flat, namely C. Since the piece is written in D major there should have been a " natural" marked under the sign of the trill. – Piano Playing With Piano Questions Answered by Josef Hofmann
  10. The intervals of the octave, the fifth, the third, for instance, that is, C- C', C- G, C- E, in the diatonic scale, are harmonious; while the interval of the second, C- D, is said to be dissonant. – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  11. The only writings by Alypius now remaining are his Introduction to Music; in which he explains the notation of the fifteen modes or tones in their respective kinds of diatonic chromatic, and enharmonic. – History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12) by S. Rappoport
  12. For the rendering of any given sentence in appropriate diatonic melody, positive direction as to the order of succession in respect of radical pitch cannot be given; the same words may be uttered with equal appropriateness in many varieties of melody. – The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 by Ministry of Education

Rhymes for diatonic