atonality [ey-toh-nal-i-tee] ExamplesWord Origin noun Music.

  1. the absence of key or tonal center.
  2. an atonal principle or style of composition.

Origin of atonality First recorded in 1920–25; atonal + -ity Examples from the Web for atonality Contemporary Examples of atonality

  • The first article, published in March 2000, was on atonality by a scholar at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

    You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

    Walter Isaacson

    October 19, 2014

  • British Dictionary definitions for atonality atonality noun

    1. absence of or disregard for an established musical key in a composition
    2. the principles of composition embodying this and providing a radical alternative to the diatonic system

    Compare tonality Word Origin and History for atonality n.

    1950; see atonal + -ity.

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