pentatonic scale
(pen-tah-TAH-nik skale)


[Eng.]


A scale of five tones. It is used in Aftican, Far Eastern, and Native American music. The pentatonic scale has been used in 20th century compositions as well.

SCALE STEPS (IN SEMITONES OR HALF-STEPS)
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SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Traditional: Chinese. Phases of the Moon, "Spring on moonlit river"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 63
Messiaen: Turangalila-Symphony, "Joie du sang des étoiles"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 66
Miyazaki: Shimabara No Komoriutta
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 20
Shankear: Bhimpalesi
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 61
Traditional: South Indian. Thumri (Vina)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 60

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