tone row


: the chosen sequence of tones that serves as the basis for a work of serial music
specifically : twelve-tone row

Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tone row was in 1936

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Cite this Entry

“Tone row.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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