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(Ger.). Melody of tone colours.

Term introduced by Schoenberg in his Harmonielehre (1911) to describe the contrasts in timbre which he introduced in the 3rd of his 5 Orchestral Pieces (1909) and which now constitute a structural element in modern comp. comparable in importance with pitch, duration, etc. Further explorations into the possibilities of melodic construction with points of tone colour were carried out by Webern.

Subjects: Music.

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