Expressionism in Music

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  • Expressionism- 1910s- 1920s
    • Rhythm
      • Irregular rhythms and meters
    • Melody
      • Adoption of serial technique/ dodecaphony
      • Use of the twelve tone scale
      • A mathematical approach/ complex patterns
      • Symmetry
      • Retrograde ideas
      • Transposition
        • Moving a collection of notes up or down, in pitch by a constant interval
      • Palindromes
      • Angular and dichordant melodies
      • Use of small motifs and intervals
    • Harmony
      • Atonality
      • Dissonant harmonies
    • Instrumentation
      • Extreme registers or instruments used
      • Highl;y contrasted orchestral writing
        • Subtle or rich
      • Contratsing timbres
        • Klangfarbenmelodie
          • Splitting a melodic line between several instruments
      • Small combinations of instruments
      • Experimentation with vocal techniques
        • Sprechstimme
          • A dramatic declaration between singing and speaking, in which the speaker uses lilt and rythm, but not presice pitch
          • Parlando or recitative
        • Sprechgesang
          • Between sing and recitation. The voice sings the beginning of each note and then falls rapidly from the notated pitch
    • Structure
      • Extended phrases
      • Structural freedem often evident
    • Dynamics
      • Wide range of dynamics
    • Texture
      • Wide range of textures
    • Reflection of extreme emotions
    • Composers
      • 2nd Viennese School
        • Schoenberg
        • Berg
        • Webern


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