Definitions for Tonalitytoʊˈnæl ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

to•nal•i•tytoʊˈnæl ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the sum of relations, melodic and harmonic, existing between the tones of a scale or musical system. a particular scale or system of tones; a key.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. (in painting, graphics, etc.) the system of tones or tints, or the color scheme, of a picture.

    Category: Fine Arts

  3. the quality of tones.

Origin of tonality:

1830–40

Princeton's WordNet

  1. key, tonality(noun)

    any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music

Wiktionary

  1. tonality(Noun)

    The system of seven tones built on a tonic key; the 24 major and minor scales.

  2. tonality(Noun)

    A sound of specific pitch and quality; timbre.

  3. tonality(Noun)

    The quality of all the tones in a composition heard in relation to the tonic.

  4. tonality(Noun)

    The interrelation of the tones in a painting.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tonality(noun)

    the principle of key in music; the character which a composition has by virtue of the key in which it is written, or through the family relationship of all its tones and chords to the keynote, or tonic, of the whole

Freebase

  1. Tonality

    Tonality is a system/language of music in which specific hierarchical pitch relationships are based on a key "center"—the tonic triad; that is, on hierarchical relationships between the triads. The term tonalité originated with Alexandre-Étienne Choron and was borrowed by François-Joseph Fétis in 1840. Although Fétis used it as a general term for a system of musical organization and spoke of types de tonalités rather than a single system, today the term is most often used to refer to major–minor tonality, the system of musical organization of the common practice period, and of Western-influenced popular music throughout much of the world today.

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