- having the same pitch in the tempered scale but written in different notation, as G sharp and A flat.
Origin of enharmonic
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In the enharmonic, the tetrachord consists of two tones and two "dieses."
The Enharmonic, according to Ptolemy, had ceased to be employed.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music
David Binning Monro
It consisted of an air with variations, crowded with enharmonic passages.The Violin
There are three classes of modes: first, that which the Greeks term the enharmonic; second, the chromatic; third, the diatonic.
The enharmonic mode is an artistic conception, and therefore execution in it has a specially severe dignity and distinction.
- denoting or relating to a small difference in pitch between two notes such as A flat and G sharp: not present in instruments of equal temperament such as the piano, but significant in the intonation of stringed and wind instruments
- denoting or relating to enharmonic modulation
C17: from Latin enharmonicus, from Greek enarmonios, from en- ² + harmonia; see harmony
Word Origin and History for enharmonic
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