12-tone music

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Noun1.12-tone music - a type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg12-tone music - a type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg; uses a tone row formed by the twelve semitones of the chromatic scale (and inverted or backward versions of the row)
serial music, serialism - 20th century music that uses a definite order of notes as a thematic basis for a musical composition
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That said, 12-tone music that developed following the horrors of World War I cannot be said to be transcendentally beautiful in the same way as most music from preceding periods.
It is a masterpiece of 12-tone music as well as a work of penetrating social commentary, exploring as it does the dark underbelly of human behaviors, drives and desires.
A student of Arnold Schoenberg, Webern composed 12-tone music that dispenses with traditional harmony and substitutes a precise mathematical arrangement in which each of the 12 notes of the scale occurs without repeating.
ASK most people to go to a recital of 12-tone music and they'll fight shy.
In 12-tone music, the composer orders the 12 tones of the chromatic scale (the scale that on the piano includes all the keys, black and white, in any one octave) in a series of his choosing called a "tone row," and that row--in place of traditional scales, harmonies, and harmonic progressions--functions in complex ways as the basis for all the musical elements of the piece.