Music AOS2 Set work 1


Expressionism key features

1900 onwards

Very emotional (expressive)

Angular melodies (jumps)



Contrasting dynamics

No real cadences, repetition, or sequences

Always changing idea

Use extended orchestras

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Peripetie from 5 orchestral Pieces- Schoenberg

Schoenberg was Austrian. He invented serialism (but peripetie is NOT serialist)

Written in 1909 and is 4th movement. It was revived in 1922 + 1949              

Atonal + Dissonant harmony.    Peripetie means 'sudden changes'- melodies are disjunct. Use of 8ve displacement.

For quadruple woodwind- Large orchestra.              Use of imitation + inversion

Hexachords used- 6 notes from the 12 semitones.  Other 6 are complementary 

In free rondo from- A B A1 C A2  and 66 bars long.                 Changes between 3/4, 2/4 + 4/4

Klangforbenmelodie= variates the timbre                       Sehr rasch= very quick.

Extreme dynamics + Ranges                         Contrapuntal then very thin texture

Haupstimme= most important part.               There are many short, fragmented motifs.

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