Definition of 12-tone system
1. Noun. A type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg; uses a tone row formed by the twelve semitones of the chromatic scale (and inverted or backward versions of the row).
Generic synonyms: Serial Music, Serialism
Lexicographical Neighbors of 12-tone System
Literary usage of 12-tone system
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1917)
"... the simplest physical intervals, yet it must be remembered that the perfect intervals are also not found in the 12-tone system, because of "tempering. ..."