Encyclopedia > Serial music

  Article Content

Serialism

Redirected from Serial music

Serialism is a rigid system of writing music in which various elements of the piece are ordered according to a pre-determined series, and variations on it. The elements thus controlled may be the pitch of the notes, their length, their dynamics, their accents, or virtually anything else.

Serialism is an extension of Arnold Schoenberg's twelve-tone technique (sometimes called dodecaphony), which involves the use of tone rows: the basis of the system is that the main theme of the composition consists of one (and only one) instance of each of the twelve notes in the chromatic scale. The terms serial and twelve tone are sometimes used as synonyms, though this is not strictly speaking correct.



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

... with European Human Rights law that the Supreme Court of Canada turns not only to the Constitution of the United States case law but also the European Court of Human Rights ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 31.2 ms