total serialism

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total serialism


total serialization

(Music, other) (in some music after 1945) the use of serial techniques applied to such elements as rhythm, dynamics, and tone colour, as found in the early works of Stockhausen, Boulez, etc
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The allure of these conceptions regarding, for example, the "interchangeability of musical moments" takes root in the type of visual and spatial thinking that originally generated total serialism in music.
No firm chronology of influence is possible, as Campbell reveals, because the first critiques of total serialism from both Adorno and Boulez appear almost simultaneously circa 1954.

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