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).




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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. ..."

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