The fifteen characters, it has been noticed, form two diatonic octaves.
These eight beatitudes are the diatonic scale of heaven's music.
Certainly his tonalities are on the other side of diatonic and chromatic.
The notes are the fifth, and major third, of the diatonic scale.
Chromatic: A tone of the key which is not a member of its diatonic scale.
All progressions must be diatonic, and parts should not cross.
There are three classes of modes: first, that which the Greeks term the enharmonic; second, the chromatic; third, the diatonic.
In the diatonic, there are two consecutive tones, and the third interval of a semitone completes the tetrachord.
But in the quaint jump of the third the Church had no part, clinging closely to a diatonic process.
Of harshness in modulation he knew nothing: his chromatic changes were as soft and flowing as when he kept to the diatonic genus.