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
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Example sentences from the Web for tonality
Thirdly, Chopin was to some extent affected by the tonality of his native music.Studies in Modern Music, Second Series|W. H. Hadow
It is necessary therefore to collect the scanty notices which we possess bearing upon the tonality of Greek music.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music|David Binning Monro
The tonality rocks between F major to B flat major and G minor.Handel|Romain Rolland
In his compositions in Grieg-ton Smith has seized the fascinating looseness of the Griegorian tonality and its whimsicality.Contemporary American Composers|Rupert Hughes
We have seen that this tonality of the watch dog's cries is competent to indicate that a person is coming to the house.
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