Definition of atonalist in English:



  • See atonal

    • ‘His fondness for chromaticism was such that Schoenberg suspected he would soon join the ranks of the atonalists, but for Reger chromaticism was a means of expanding the resources of tonality, not a harbinger of its imminent collapse.’
    • ‘The grievous error he and his atonalist cohorts made was to dictate the path of new music to the exclusion of all else.’
    • ‘If a colleague dropped atonal writing, the atonalists saw this as a threatening refusal to validate their own work.’
    • ‘The serialists / atonalists wrapped themselves in quasi-mathematical systems at the expense of the subjective, though they insisted that the works were meant to be expressive.’
    • ‘Talman would also have us believe that somehow, serialists and atonalists could bury expression in their music by piling on the mathematical base on which their music was founded.’