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Synonyms for atonal

characterized by avoidance of traditional western tonality


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In musical America there is everything; for every reactionary taste - musical obscuranists, shrouding themselves-in clamorous formalistic radicalism, ultra-modernists of shapes and sizes, atonalists headed by Schonberg himself Stravinskyites with Stravhzsky "himself, musical surrealists with Virgil Thomson, barmy jazzists, ultm-urbanists' and, finally, musical speculators-adventurers - the Whiteguardist rascals: the radio liar Nikolay Habokov and the conductor of the "Don Cossacks choir", a certain Nikolay Kostrukov.
But a fantasy of a modern-day Chopin, "one who might have been an atonalist or a jazz pianist" (p.