What is the difference between tonality and key in music?
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Understanding the concept of key and tonality in music. The concept of keys in music is important to understand. The idea is a bit abstract and can be confusing, even mystifying, in the beginning.
Introduction. Tonality is a ubiquitous term in musical discourse as indispensable as it is obfuscating. Typically, the term tonality (and more generally, “tonal music”) references the pitch-centric “common-practice” language of the transposable major and minor key system within which most classical music has been composed in the West from at least the mid-17th century through the early.
When Western art music since 1900 is thought of as a whole, the total absence of any aspect of tonality or tonal structuring is rare enough to be deemed the result of an avant-garde rather than modernist aesthetic stance: that is, of the wholehearted rejection of tonality rather than of modernism's uneasy but fruitful attempts at accommodations with it, usually on grounds of its inescapable.
As nouns the difference between composition and tonality is that composition is the proportion of different parts to make a whole while tonality is (music) the system of seven tones built on a tonic key; the 24 major and minor scales.
In the concept of tonality, a particular note is used as the key center (or key), with other notes then having their respective relationship with this key center. There are eight degrees in every tonality. The note used as the key center is known to music scholars as the tonic, and is considered as the most important tone in the key.
The importance of the establishment of major and minor tonality in the Baroque was that each tonality came to be associated with certain types of music.