atonalism


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atonalism

1. the composition of music without a definite key; dodecaphony.
2. the music so written. Also atonality. — atonalist, n. — atonal, atonalistic, adj.
See also: Music
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Noun1.atonalism - the absence of a keyatonalism - the absence of a key; alternative to the diatonic system
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
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4), to atonal elements specific to the 20th century music; he finally used atonalism and dodecaphony in terms of the folk researcher, for whom folk music had been the source of some aesthetic solutions whose originality and lack of rigor had a liberating role for his compositional techniques.
The British composer Arnold Bax, whose mistress was the eminent pianist Harriet Cohen, attacked atonalism as coming from the brains of a few decadent Central European Jews.
Combining various aesthetics, like the chromatic modulation postwagnerian to the dodecaphonism, from the atonalism to neoclassicism, but always with a fresh humor.
On the other hand, the lyricising and in many respects more conservative work of Alban Berg found a much warmer reception, as did Arnold Schonberg's free atonalism, which surprisingly enough was a declared source of inspiration for a number of composers influenced by neo-classicism or by extension constructivism.
Adorno was writing this at a time when he viewed Weill's musical surrealism as being conterminous with Schoenberg's atonalism in their exposure of the exhaustion of bourgeois cultural forms, hence the importance of the active negation of these forms.
When there are no more rules at all, the time of atonalism has come.