noun, plural to·nal·i·ties.
- the sum of relations, melodic and harmonic, existing between the tones of a scale or musical system.
- a particular scale or system of tones; a key.
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OTHER WORDS FROM tonalityto·nal·i·tive, adjectivenon·to·nal·i·ty, noun
Words nearby tonality
Example sentences from the Web for tonality
It is necessary therefore to collect the scanty notices which we possess bearing upon the tonality of Greek music.
It must be vain to attempt to discover the tonality of a short fragment which has neither beginning nor end.
This octave, however, represents merely the compass (ambitus or tessitura) of the melody: it has nothing to do with its tonality.
His emotional centre is in being sensitive to the feel of the place or to the tonality of the person.Instigations|Ezra Pound
The melodic form of the scale can then be taught, and both forms practised to give plenty of freedom in the new tonality.Music As A Language|Ethel Home
British Dictionary definitions for tonality
noun plural -ties
- the actual or implied presence of a musical key in a composition
- the system of major and minor keys prevalent in Western music since the decline of modesCompare atonality