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Changing Directions in Western Classical Music
Expressionism:
Describing a style in which composers poured the most intense
emotional expressiveness into their music.
o Schoenberg
o Webern
o Berg
Extremely dissonant harmonies
Frenzied, disjointed melodic lines, wide leaps
Violent, explosive contrasts
Instruments often played forcefully at the extremes of their ranges
High degree of tension
Avoids cadences, repetition, balanced phrases
Little piano piece No. 6 ­ Schoenberg
Valse de Chopin from Pierrot Lunaire ­ Schoenberg
Serialism:
Twelve tone row ­ using all twelve notes of the chromatic scale
without repetition.
Prime Order
Inversion
Retrograde
Retrograde inversion
Trio from minuet of the suite for piano
Minimalism:
Simple
Phase Shifting
Tonal
No sudden contrasts ­ gradual changes
Slow changing harmonies
Additive melodies
In C ­ Riley
Loops and Verses
Phillip Glass
Steve Reich
John Adams

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