Questions tagged [diatonic]

For questions related to diatonicism. "Diatonic," literally meaning "across the tones," is perhaps better understood as the antonym of "chromatic," thereby meaning that diatonic music uses pitches within a single scale or key.

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Exactly what does “diatonic” mean?

Is the meaning very context dependent, or can it be defined in general terms? Does the meaning change by author or period? Sometimes it's used to refer to anything that stays within a specific tonal ...
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Are these notes with accidentals chromatic?

I'm having some difficulty deciding which notes with accidentals are considered as chromatic, and was wondering if someone could confirm/deny my assumptions about notes in the attached notation of ...