chromatic
(kroe-MA-tik)


[Eng.]


  1. Any music or chord that contains notes not belonging to the diatonic scale.
  2. Music which proceeds in half steps.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Chromatic dissonance:
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Prelude
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 29

Chromatic harmony:
Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 (opening of the fugue)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 17
Bozza: Scherzo for Woodwind Quartet, Op. 48
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 1
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Prelude
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 29

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