Peripetie by Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951). Composed in 1909. Expressionist music.


Overview of Style of Expressionism music

·         Composers moved from tonal (in a key) to atonal (no key/chromatic)

·         Expresses human emotional feelings much more than the romantic era

·         Draws parallels with abstract art

·         No resolution to any dissonance in a piece

·         Angular melodies used

·         Lack of cadences, repetition and sequences

·         The melody changes rapidly

·         Lots of contrast – dynamics, tempo, timbre etc

Key terms

·         Hexachords were used - they are chords made from 6 notes in one octave

·         Klangfarbenmelodie is


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