retrograde inversion


Definition of retrograde inversion

: the retrograde of the inversion of especially a tone row also : the inversion of the retrograde The second violin follows the basic version, first at the major second below and then in unison, and the retrograde inversion, first at the major second above and then in unison. — Eric Walter White, Stravinsky, 1979

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First Known Use of retrograde inversion

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Retrograde inversion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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