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the absence of a key


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Reinhold Brinkmann has observed: "Schoenberg's foundation of the Viennese atonality as a new paradigm for contemporary music, besides being embedded in a music-historical process, was indeed the reflection of a very specific and problematic historical, social, cultural and psychical situation in Vienna around 1900" (Reinhold Brinkmann, "Schoenberg the Contemporary: A View from Behind" in Constructive Dissonance: Arnold Schoenberg and the Transformations of Twentieth-Century Culture, ed.
1) His use of atonality, particularly his rejection of "absolute tonal stability" by creating chords outside the context of major and minor, irregular rhythms and irregular meters would later become the cornerstones of many of her compositions.
European musicologists, performers, and composers, as well as a friend of Scelsi, analyze gestures in his piano music; his compositional process; the expressive atonality in his music; his theoretical and literary writings; the lives of his collaborators, composers Giacinto Sallustio, Walther Klein, and Richard Falk; his early work Rotativa; and the improvisations on audio tapes at the Fondazione Isabella Scelsi archives.
However, Alexander Goehr's early Suite, Op 11, once considered a work of major importance for its uncompromising atonality, just sounded dated.
Canadian compositions that involve the development of musical ideas and that employ contemporary compositional techniques, such as serialism and atonality, seldom receive a hearing in the modern media (Lake, 2009).
As is the case in most film scores, dissonance and atonality in this scene signify the 'other'--the monstrous and the condemned (Brophy, 1997).
The latter, according to Guter, led Wittgenstein to adopt a hostile and pessimistic attitude towards modern music and to reject atonality as a symptom of decline in the grammar of musical language.
There's a tougher tone, a more adventurous groping of atonality, hardness and riffing complexity.
All the adventures of modernism are there in his music: Schoenberg's atonality as well as Debussy's free flow; the displaced rhythms of Stravinsky, Bartok, and jazz as well as the rampant percussion of Varese; Webern's patternmaking as well as the wild multiple strata of Carter's boyhood hero Ives.
The atonality of the music of Schoenberg and his contemporaries was, in part, a reaction to the horrors of World War I and its aftermath.
Though George did encourage Charles to experiment with polytonality, microtones, atonality, and rhythmic complexity, it is important to remember that George also taught his son traditional harmony and voice leading, and even attempted to write a harmony book.
The atonality of the melodies probably contributed to the difficulty of accurate pitch judgment.
Joe puts it this way: "The CD blends together the atonality of Native American music, and the chromaticism and instrumentation of modern music.
Yet dissonances are attained not from the posotion of free or other types of atonality, but by means of complicating the traditional formations of Classical-Romantic harmony.
As for the Stravinsky, aside from an actual textual echo ("blind eyes") the atonality and jagged intervals provided a welcome contrast to the Purcell and Schubert references.