atonalism atonalism

Definition(s):

  • (n) the absence of a key; alternative to the diatonic system

Usage(s):

  1. After it, Schoenberg was to begin the experiments with atonalism that eventually determined the direction of 20th century music.
  2. He founded a school of cacophony which resulted in atonalism, and then, like his friend Picasso in art, left his school behind.
  3. With this heady, often shattering sonic fusion of rock's electronics and the classic avant-garde's aleatory atonalism, Trumpeter Miles Davis shakes jazz to its roots.
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