pitch class

noun

: the set of all musical pitches of the same name regardless of octave
The single pitch class that symbolizes Wozzeck's idée fixe in the murder scene is first asserted in this connection as the final note of Act II …George Perle, The Operas of Alban Berg, 1989
usually hyphenated when used before another noun
pitch-class sets

called also chroma

Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pitch class was in 1962

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“Pitch class.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitch%20class. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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