atonality

A-toe-NAL-li-tee
[English, ]
Music without tonality, or music that is centered around no central key or scale. The term was first used to describe certain compositions by Arnold SchoenbergAnton von Webern, and Alban BergSchoenberg's term was pantonal.

Example

Arnold Schoenberg: Suite for Piano, Op. 25, I

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Model 4: USI-AFU (Tenor)


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