serial music


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serial music

A form of music based on repetition or the use of series in composition, such as repeated rhythms, timbres, or pitches.
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Noun1.serial music - 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)
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Milton Babbitt, Schoenberg's successor in the realm of serial music, acclaimed this as the finest performance of the work he had heard.
In this sense, it was arguably Goeyvaerts who was really "guilty as charged" with the problems of serial music.
Who would have guessed that Stravinsky, who composed Apollo's score in the traditional French style of 17th and 18th centuries, would throw himself into the radical realm of serial music with Agon?
Shaped by broadcasting into a "musical Babbitt,"--a reference to Sinclair Lewis's epitomic philistine and a possible barb to the Princeton composer of serial music who ignored Adorno's calls--quality broadcast reception becomes a fetish for the listener to "do good work" by capturing the best signal possible.
However, for an expert of serialism, serial music has an organizing principle that takes it far from noise, perhaps even as far from noise as possible in its structural predetermination.
Instead, he used complex, dissonant, atonal and serial music, but could still write lush melodies when needed.
Given the relative lack of historical scholarship about the recent past of American classical music, postwar American serial music remains marginalized, and the historical literature (as opposed to the theoretical literature) is still relatively undeveloped.
Copland may have written some serial music, but no one listens to the stuff, even those of us who've tried.
For example, forty years ago, not composing serial music meant not being a composer at all, and this was a clear tendency openly registered in books, articles and papers.
The starting point of this article was an interesting disagreement in the secondary literature about the putative (in)compatibility between Heidegger's aesthetics in Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes and Goeyvaerts's serial music or new music in general.
He certainly didn't like any of the 12-tone or serial music.
The intended readers of this book could not be expected to understand a difficult writer like Adorno, and are thus suckers for claims that serial music is an 'artificial language' like Esperanto or computer BASIC, since all three were invented by theorists rather than developed by natural processes.