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based on the standard major or minor scales consisting of 5 tones and 2 semitones without modulation by accidentals

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based on or using the five tones and two semitones of the major or minor scales of western music

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By focusing on the arguments between supporters and opponents carried out in the European music press at the time, the author is able to construct a "reception history" that contradicts these explanations, pointing instead to fears that composers would be enticed to use them without limits, for example using the trumpet diatonically outside the clarion register or using the horn melodically in all registers without having to consider the sound of stopped tones.
Each of the barred instruments was equipped with 13 pitched bars, arranged diatonically from a lower C to a higher A, with no chromatic alterations.
This is analogous to creating a set of diatonic, not chromatic, flutes--piccolo, alto, tenor, and bass--while making sure that each size would blow without difficulty and that their diatonically spaced finger-holes receive added holes where required, so that, for example, the bass could emit all scale notes that the piccolo possessed.
Instead, we have, in the solo ayres, tonal focus in short sections that function diatonically but that do not fit into an overriding hierarchical system.
As Clark explains, "A single pitch can belong to many keys or harmonies that both diatonically and chromatically related to the 'home' key (or main key of a section), and it can be the focal point around which the harmonies turn," thus "instead of presenting such themes in a key, " Schubert presents them "around a pitch" (p.