Definition and background:
Two or more notes sounded together which are discordant, and, in the prevailing harmonic system, require resolution to a consonance. See discord. A combination of sounds that produce harsh, discordant results, and increase the desire for resolution. A simultaneous sounding of tones that produces a feeling of tension or unrest and a feeling that further resolution is needed. pitches that clash when sounded together, including seconds, sevenths, and the tritone. During the early Middle Ages, the third and sixth were also considered dissonant. Antonym: consonance. notes that conflict, or sound outside of a chord in which they occur. Such notes usually fall outside of the overtones which are being generated by the note or chord that is sounding
A combination of sounds that produce harsh, discordant results, and increase the desire for resolution
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