twelve-tone music

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Related to twelve-tone music: dodecaphony, serial music, Serial technique
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Noun1.twelve-tone music - a type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenbergtwelve-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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This is false, of course, as a great deal of analytical work on Scriabin's late works gives no indication that Scriabin was even remotely interested in twelve-tone music. Ballard should have been more critical of such scholarship and underlined this faulty conception.
This year's award has been bestowed upon Jack Boss, professor of music theory at the University of Oregon, for his book, "Schoenberg's Twelve-Tone Music: Symmetry and the Musical Idea."
His mature style approaches that of Schonberg's twelve-tone music, but he appears to have developed that style quite independently of Schonberg.
There was a sustained ovation from a discerning audience peppered with professionals, and sentiments expressed to the effect that Woodley may be the "next Barbara Hannigan." Twelve-tone music is never easy, and this strenuous 40-minutes of non-stop singing for soprano accompanied by a lone violin--not to mention the requisite emotional extremes--is particularly challenging.
The music of Die Jakobsleiter foreshadowed his twelve-tone music and was left incomplete because the development of his new musical system attracted his full attention.
Everyone knew--the history books all agreed--that he had reestablished twelve-tone music on a firmer, broader, and richer base, his Three Compositions for Piano (1947) anticipating by half a decade the integral serialism of Pierre Boulez.
Lou Harrison in about 45 minutes taught me the whole secret of twelve-tone music. I wrote like that for about a week.
(35) Twelve-tone music, for Leibowitz, was 'a new path untainted by fascism ...
After a period of enthusiasm for Neo-Classicism he had been one of the first in post-war Czechoslovakia to venture into the musical world characterised by the banners of the Second Viennese School, twelve-tone music, serialism.
Twelve-tone music may be foreign and harsh to our students when first heard, but can be fun and challenging when the student becomes the composer.
Likewise in twelve-tone music, it takes a highly specialized ear to hear the rows themselves.