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Synonyms for quarter tone

half of a semitone

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Experiment with the quarter tones that you have recently discovered you could sing.
this is atone and semi-tone scale with no mention of any quarter tones whatsoever.
Recourse to quarter notes is unlikely to be a saviour here, as something as important as these transitions in the Timaeus are hardly likely to be relegated to occurring at quarter tones.
In microtonal music there is always a risk that the quarter tones won't be heard: often the audience perceives them just as an imprecise intonation of a performer.
After the Revolution he settled in Paris and began working with artificial modes including intervals raised or lowered by quarter tones.
It's little surprise a company that, for example, was excited to produce a work built musically around phonemes and quarter tones (Giacinto Scelsi's Les chants du Capricome, 1995) might be harder to finance than to attract audiences.
Because Diab is transposing muwashahat to the piano (with its octave of eight whole notes and five half notes ), the best he can do is play compositions based on half tones as opposed to classical Arabic music's more typical quarter tones.
Born in Manchester in 1880, Foulds was a cellist in the Halle Orchestra early in his career, and developed an individual and adventurous path as a composer, experimenting with quarter tones and later, while working for Indian radio, writing pieces combining Indian and Western instruments.
There is seemingly only arbitrary movement between passages exploiting artificial harmonics, ppp trills, quarter tones adhering to no system, and pizzicato notes given specific instructions for executing vibrato.
Foulds is noted for his early use of quarter tones, and these make an appearance in the Dynamic Triptych, albeit in an incidental way: "They sound a bit like an old LP record slowing down," suggests Oramo.
Yehudi Menuhin, who premiered the piece, opted for an alternate reading, provided by the composer, in which these quarter tones were changed to half steps.
Among them are metered trills that transform themselves into unmetered ones (and vice versa), senza misura sections, senza vibrato passages, and quarter tones reminiscent of a shakuhachi flute.
Successfully integrating modem Western and traditional Japanese elements, it employs an array of special effects, including varying degrees of breathy sound contrasted with focused flute tone, pitch bends, quarter tones, and extreme contrasts in dynamics.
Chalmers retains the ancient Greek tetrachordal classifications, or genera, of enharmonic (two approximate quarter tones and a major third, ascending), chromatic (two semitones and a minor third), and diatonic (a semitone and two whole tones).
The harmonic language throughout the work is dense; strings are often divisi, and there is a considerable amount of writing in quarter tones.