- noting those scales that contain five whole tones and two semitones, as the major, minor, and certain modal scales.
- of or relating to the tones, intervals, or harmonies of such scales.
Origin of diatonic
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Historical Examples of diatonic
The fifteen characters, it has been noticed, form two diatonic octaves.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music
David Binning Monro
These eight beatitudes are the diatonic scale of heaven's music.Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of Matthew
John Monro Gibson
Certainly his tonalities are on the other side of diatonic and chromatic.Egoists
The notes are the fifth, and major third, of the diatonic scale.The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles Vol. 2
William Lisle Bowles
Chromatic: A tone of the key which is not a member of its diatonic scale.Music Notation and Terminology
Karl W. Gehrkens
- of, relating to, or based upon any scale of five tones and two semitones produced by playing the white keys of a keyboard instrument, esp the natural major or minor scales forming the basis of the key system in Western musicCompare chromatic (def. 2)
- not involving the sharpening or flattening of the notes of the major or minor scale nor the use of such notes as modified by accidentals