3 Pentachord


A pentachord is a five-note segment of a scale or tone row. A diatonic scale comprises five non-transpositionally equivalent pentachords rather than seven because the Ionian and Mixolydian pentachords and the Dorian and Aeolian pentachords are intervallically identical (CDEFG=GABCD; DEFGA=ABCDE).

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  • Pentachord — Pen ta*chord, n. [L. pentachordus five stringed, Gr. ?; ? five + ? string.] 1. An ancient instrument of music with five strings. [1913 Webster] 2. An order or system of five sounds. Busby. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pentachord — Pentachord, eine Tonreihe von fünf Tönen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • pentachord — noun five notes (pitch classes) in a scale …   Wiktionary

  • Pentachord — Pen|ta|chord, das; [e]s, e [zu spätlat. pentachordos < griech. pentáchordos = fünfsaitig, zu: chorde̅ = Saite] (Musik): fünfsaitiges Streich od. Zupfinstrument …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Pentachord — Pen|ta|chord 〈 [ kɔ̣rd] n.; Gen.: s, Pl.: e; Musik〉 Saiteninstrument mit fünf Saiten [Etym.: <Penta… + grch. chorde »Darm(saite)«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Pentachord — Pen|ta|chord [... kɔrt] das; [e]s, e <zu spätlat. pentachordos aus gr. pentáchordos »fünfsaitig«> fünfsaitiges Streich od. Zupfinstrument …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • pentachord — noun 1》 a musical instrument with five strings. 2》 a series of five musical notes …   English new terms dictionary

  • pentachord — pen·ta·chord …   English syllables

  • pentachord —   n. five stringed musical instrument; series of five tones …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • pentachord — n. 1 a musical instrument with five strings. 2 a series of five musical notes …   Useful english dictionary

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