Definition of pitch class
: 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
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
First Known Use of pitch class
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up pitch class? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).