quarter-tone

NOUN
  1. half of a semitone
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How To Use quarter-tone In A Sentence

  • The violist and the orchestra share the concerto's sound-world with a string quartet, tuned a quarter-tone lower - a darker ‘second dimension,’ in the words of the composer.
  • Diconsolate, annoyed, subdued, Florian and I wait; as we wait the taxi driver turns on the radio and it blares some discordant, ululating, quarter-toned Arab music.
  • Part of its effect comes from Gubaidulina's unusual tuning of the string orchestra: half the players tune a quarter-tone lower.
  • The two instruments are tuned a quarter-tone apart, and it's incredible how soon the ear becomes accustomed to the strangeness of this tuning.
  • The same remark applies to the Russian Ballet; the Yugo-Slav handbell-ringers; the vegetarian Indian-club swingers from the Karakoram Himalayas; the polyphonic gong-players from North Borneo; the synthetic quarter-tone quartette from San Domingo; the anthropophagous back-chat comedians from the Solomon Islands; not to mention a host of other interesting companies, troupes, corroborees and pow-wows which are now in our midst for the purpose of cementing the confraternity of nations. Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-02-11
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