• Was written in 1909, revised it 1922 and 1949.
  • Periptie means 'sudden changes' in Greek
  • Was written for a large orchestra


  • No obvious melody; hexachord fragments are used instead (6 notes from 12 different semitones)
  • atonal
  • similar to a rondo; can be referred to as a free rondo
  • instructions are given by Schoenberg such as heftig (passionate)
  • example of Klangfarbenmelodie (tone-colour melody) - melody broken up between the instruments; variation in…


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