What does Tonality mean?

Definitions for Tonalitytoʊˈnæl ɪ ti

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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


  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


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tonality in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tonality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mino Argento:

    In 1974, John Gruen said: These are geometric abstractions that could be called “White on White” with their delicate, yet boldly differentiated forms and textures. One can see Argento’s mind and hand attempting something different within the geometric genre. At times he succeeds, at others, he merely echoes the deja-vu syndromes of shape within shape and closed-hued tonality. Still, one is in the presence of a genuine artist, one who has a most felicitous affinity for making the most out of self-imposed limitations of form and color. If at the moment elegance overrides depth.

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