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Explanation: Pretty sure that it is NOT "5 tone rows" (Fuenf-Tonreihen) but rather five-note (or pentatonic) scale (Fuenfton-Reihen). The context is ambiguous though; in a pinch, it could be the five scales off the first five tones of the major scale. It seems more likely, however, that it is the first five notes of a major scale. The first five notes would be a 5-note scale, or a pentatonic scale (though this is commonly degrees 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 - think Chinese). The context should determine what is meant. If the author launces into something about modes (aolean, dorian, etc.) running off the sequential degrees of the scale, it is "tone rows." But if five-note scales are discussed, it is 5-note (or pentatonic) scale.
music major, multi-instumentalist
Jonathan Lack United States Local time: 21:49 Works in field Native speaker of: English
Explanation: the answer that the asker accepted is DEFINITELY WRONG: 'tone row' or 'note row' has a quite specific and very different meaning. The same goes for 'pentatonic scale' which was also suggested. The proper technical term 'pentachord' is analogous with 'tetrachord', the name for the lower or upper half (4 notes) of the major scale. I only hope that the asker reads this: the question and its suggested answers are a prime example of people trying to answer questioms outside their field!!
Peter Oram Germany Local time: 06:49 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English