atonality[ā′tō nal′ə tē]
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Music in composition, the organization of tones in which all tones of the chromatic scale have equal importance, without relation to a tonal center or key; the absence of tonality
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noun pl. a·to·nal·i·ties Music
- The absence of a tonal center and of harmonies derived from a diatonic scale corresponding to such a center; lack of tonality.
- A style of composition that lacks such a tonal center and its derived harmonies.