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the absence of a key


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The goal during my doctoral research at the University of Iowa and the topic of my thesis was not to define atonality or codify the point at which tonality ceases; rather, it was to provide a logical progression from conventional tonality along a continuum of modes and other scalar systems that sequentially approaches atonality.
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.
He paused for twelve years (1857-69) in the second Act of Siegfried to compose both Tristan and Isolde (which took Romantic harmony to the very limits, and thus foreshadowed twentieth-century atonality) and Die Meistersinger (which would "recreate the world of the Reformation with a chorale and the use of triple counterpoint and double fugue" (p.
As Picasso and Braque were chopping portrait painting into unrecognizable shapes, Schoenberg and Stravinsky were infusing symphonic music with 12-tone atonality. Who can be surprised to find storytelling in a young and robust art form take a Cubist turn?
By the early 1900s various avant-garde practices in the United States and Europe had begun to overtly upset and challenge these conventions somewhat (by breaking up and/or distorting/rearranging the forms themselves) but still largely in terms of the central role of fundamentally Western conceptions and methodologies that favored a critical embrace (dissonance) or dismissive denial (atonality) of the diatonic scale as a 'negative' reference (e.g.
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.