diatonic
(DIE-uh-toh-nik)


[Eng.]


Proceeding in the order of the octave based on five tones and two semitones. The major and natural minor scales and the modes are all diatonic In the major scale, the semitones fall between the third and fourth tones and the seventh and eighth tones. In the minor scale, the semitones fall between the second and third tones and the fifth and sixth tones.

See also [Eng.] diatonic; [Fr.] diatonique; [Ger.] diatonisch; [It.] diatonico.


Table of musical translations


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Diatonic scale:
Haydn: Concerto for the Trumpet in E-flat major, III
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 9
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV 846, Prelude
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 65

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