Definition of pentatonicism in US English:



  • See pentatonic

    • ‘One is the pentatonicism of the melodic lines, since the pentatonic formulae of folk song and children's runes are those that spring most spontaneously from nature's promises.’
    • ‘Dvorák's stay in America stimulated his compositional taste buds, much in favour of pentatonicism.’
    • ‘His response to American popular styles during his stay in New York led to an intensification of certain characteristics, notably pentatonicism and ostinatos.’
    • ‘The musical language, particularly the reliance on ‘oriental’ pentatonicism and much of the orchestral sound, seems to comment on the earlier work.’
    • ‘The pentatonicism helps lighten the contrapuntal texture.’