Definition of atonality in English:



  • See atonal

    • ‘Around the turn of the century, composers began to experiment with atonality, dissonance and primitive rhythms.’
    • ‘It has elements of traditional folksong with some gentle ventures into atonality.’
    • ‘As Schoenberg said, atonality is rejected not because it is ugly, but because it is misunderstood.’
    • ‘I compared him with his colleague Milhaud, whose deeply biting satire and occasional ventures into atonality took him in other directions, in a worldly sense making his music astringent.’
    • ‘Walton, who in early days dabbled in atonality, eventually settled for neo-romanticism and his Viola Concerto is a most elegiac composition.’
    • ‘He does not like atonality and caused a big stir when he created an alter-ego for himself, Van den Budenmeyer, as a newly discovered classical composer from a few centuries ago.’
    • ‘Eschewing schools and musical fashions, he wrote a great deal of music which is seldom heard, exploring bitonalites and partly delving into the realm of atonality.’
    • ‘Webern makes the move to free atonality at roughly the same time Schoenberg does and with very much the same result: a long creative silence.’