Atonal Music: Definition, Schoenberg & Examples


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What defines atonal music?

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1. With atonal music, what tones are included in the chromatic scale?

2. Most Western music is based around a central tone. What do we call the range of notes selected to complement the central tone?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Definitions of atonal music and the chromatic scale are covered by the questions in this quiz. Test your knowledge of these subjects by completing the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will answer questions about the following:

  • A definition of atonal music
  • The chromatic scale and central tone
  • Arnold Schoenberg's twelve-tone technique

Skills Practiced

The quiz will also help you work on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define important terms, such as atonal music
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the chromatic scale
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the twelve-tone technique

Additional Learning

Increase what you know about atonal music by reading the lesson designed to accompany this quiz, entitled Atonal Music: Definition, Schoenberg & Examples. You can learn about:

  • What makes atonal music unique
  • How the chromatic scale is typically used by Western music
  • Why Schoenberg created the twelve-tone technique