12-tone system

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a type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg

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These men wrote powerful and influential music, and they also form a spectrum of musical possibilities: Schoenberg, the often dissonant and forbidding atonalist; Stravinsky, who started as a Russian Romantic, turned neoprimitive, turned neoclassicist, and finally took up Schoenberg's technique after that rival was safely dead; Bartok, with his Hungarian folk accent and a style that embraced consonance and dissonance, tonality and atonality; and Webern, who made Sehoenberg's 12-tone system more systematic still.
Musicologists noted a trend away from ultramodernism--the 12-tone system, for instance--which had intrigued composers.
Berg, a devotee of the 12-tone system of composition, opens with a portrait of the young girl, then depicts her struggle with death and her ultimate transfiguration.
This extraordinarily brave late work, written entirely to his painfully-developed 12-tone system, proclaims so desperately how much it adheres to past ideals.