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n. Music
1. Serial compositions.
2. The theory or composition of serial music.

se′ri·al·ist n.


(Music, other) (in 20th-century music) the use of a sequence of notes in a definite order as a thematic basis for a composition and a source from which the musical material is derived. See also twelve-tone


(ˈsɪər i əˌlɪz əm)

a technique for composing music in which tones are used in fixed sequences of arbitrary placement without regard for tonality.
se′ri•al•ist, n.
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Noun1.serialism - 20th century music that uses a definite order of notes as a thematic basis for a musical composition
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
12-tone music, 12-tone system, twelve-tone music, twelve-tone system - 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)