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Diatonic and chromatic[edit]

The article uses the terms "diatonic" and "chromatic", but without adequate explanation. These terms are the cause of serious uncertainties at several other Wikipedia articles, and in the broader literature. Some of us thought that both terms needed special coverage, so we started up a new article: Diatonic and chromatic. Why not have a look, and join the discussion? Be ready to have comfortable assumptions challenged! – Noetica♬♩Talk 09:05, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Note: This article was made due to one editor's concern, expressed here, right above your other post on the subject. ALTON .ıl 00:59, 8 April 2007 (UTC)


What specific that needs to be clarified or given context? What else about the article needs to be cleaned up? Hyacinth (talk) 07:52, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Merge: Chromatic chord[edit]

It has been suggested that Chromatic chord be merged into this article. No reason has been given but "Chromatic chord" is an unreferenced stub. Hyacinth (talk) 02:15, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Done. Hyacinth (talk) 00:46, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Problem with definition[edit]

I have numerous problems with the current definition:

  • What constitutes chromaticism has changed over time. See [1] as a source backing this up.
  • The current page is written to imply that tonality is the same thing as diatonicism, yet this is not true--as the music of Paul Hindemith proves. One author even references "Hindemith's Chromaticism": [2].
  • The current page is written from the perspective of diatonic music somehow being the "base" around which "chromaticism" is a departure or ornamentation. Yet chromaticism can exist within non-diatonic music. For example, the octatonic scale can be used both as a source of "chromaticism", or as a contrast with chromaticism.

Yeah, that's what I have to say right now. Cazort (talk) 18:49, 16 March 2009 (UTC)