twelve-tone row

noun

Definition of twelve-tone row

: the 12 chromatic tones of the octave placed in a chosen fixed order and constituting with some permitted permutations and derivations the melodic and harmonic material of a serial musical piece

First Known Use of twelve-tone row

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Twelve-tone row.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twelve-tone%20row. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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