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Semitone

William Drabkin and Mark Lindley

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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The smallest Interval of the modern Western tone system; in Equal temperament, the part of an octave, or 100 cents. The notational system allows three types of semitone to be distinguished: the diatonic, which is the same as a minor 2nd (e.g. ef, c♯–d); the chromatic, which is the difference between a major 2nd and a minor 2nd (hence an augmented unison, e.g. ff♯, d

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