struktur musik; musik yang tidak memiliki pusat nada, atau kunci

Atonalitas dalam pengartian terluasnya adalah musik yang kurang nada utama, atau kunci. Dalam pengartian ini, atonalitas biasanya ditujukan kepada komposisi-komposisi yang dibuat dari sekitar tahun 1908 sampai saat ini, dimana sejumlah karya berfokus pada sebuah irama yang tak memakai nada utama.

Akord Mistik Alexander Scriabin.

Para komponis akhir abad ke-19 dan awal abad ke-20 seperti Alexander Scriabin, Claude Debussy, Béla Bartók, Paul Hindemith, Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, dan Edgard Varèse menulis musik yang dikatakan bersifat atonal, baik secara keseluruhan atau sebagian (Baker 1980; Baker 1986; Bertram 2000; Griffiths 2001; Kohlhase 1983; Lansky and Perle 2001; Obert 2004; Orvis 1974; Parks 1985; Rülke 2000; Teboul 1995–96; Zimmerman 2002).


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