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dodecaphony (uncountable)

  1. (music) 12-tone music, a form of composition using all 12 tones of the chromatic scale in such a way that they are "equal", i.e. having no tonic, no dominant, no major or minor keys, and no distinction between harmony and dissonance.

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  • In strict dodecaphony, as defined by Arnold Schönberg, a theme must contain all 12 tones and repeat none of them.

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