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tone row

noun Music.
  1. a series of tones in which no tone is duplicated, and in which the tones generally recur in fixed sequence, with variations in rhythm and pitch, throughout a composition.
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Origin of tone row

First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for tone row

tone row

tone series

noun
  1. music a group of notes having a characteristic pattern or order that forms the basis of the musical material in a serial composition, esp one consisting of the twelve notes of the chromatic scaleAlso called: note row See also serialism, twelve-tone
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