Summary on serialism

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12-note system
Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Anton Webern ­ Second Viennese
Note row/tone row/prime order - sequence using all 12 notes of
chromatic scale.
Prime order
Inversion - turned upside down
Retrograde ­ played backwards
Retrograde inversion ­ inversion played backwards
Can be transposed
Octave displacement
(imitation ­ a short melodic idea I one part is copied by another part
while the melodic line of the first part continues)
(canon ­ the theme played first by one instrument and then imitated
exactly a few beats later by another instrument, while the first part
carries on, this continues for whole piece)
Total serialism ­ every aspect is controlled, rhythm, melody etc


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