[ ey-toh-nal-i-tee ]
/ ˌeɪ toʊˈnæl ɪ ti /
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the absence of key or tonal center.
an atonal principle or style of composition.
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How to use atonality in a sentence
The first article, published in March 2000, was on atonality by a scholar at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
British Dictionary definitions for atonality
/ (ˌeɪtəʊˈnælɪtɪ, ˌæ-) /
absence of or disregard for an established musical key in a composition
the principles of composition embodying this and providing a radical alternative to the diatonic system
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