microtonality

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

microtonal +‎ -ity

Noun[edit]

microtonality (countable and uncountable, plural microtonalities)

  1. (music) The use of microtones in composition.
    • 2007 June 23, Allan Kozinn, “Finding Inspiration in an Unlikely Place”, in New York Times[1]:
      [] he proved that microtonality and the angular vocal and instrumental lines that typically evoke modernist angst can just as easily create manic comedy.

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