Serial Music, Serial Aesthetics: Compositional Theory in Post-War Europe
Serial music was one of the most important aesthetic movements to emerge in post-war Europe, but its uncompromising music and modernist aesthetic has often been misunderstood. This book focuses on the controversial journal die Reihe, whose major contributors included Stockhausen, Eimert, Pousseur, Dieter Schnebel and G. M. Koenig, and discusses it in connection with many lesser-known sources in German musicology. It traces serialism's debt to the theories of Klee and Mondrian, and its relationship to developments in concrete art, modern poetry and the information aesthetics and semiotics of Max Bense and Umberto Eco. M. J. Grant sketches an aesthetic theory of serialism as experimental music, arguing that serial theory's embrace of both rigorous intellectualism and aleatoric processes is not, as many have suggested, a paradox, but the key to serial thought and to its relevance for contemporary theory.
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electronic and serial music 19451954
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abstract abstract art acoustical aleatoric analysis Anton Webern argues artistic aspect become Bense Beyer bla bla bla Boulez central Chapter characteristics complex composition conception context created criticism critique Debussy Debussy's defined demonstrate die Reihe discussion dRl(D dynamic Eimert electronic music elements emphasise essay example experimental music fundamental Gesang der Junglinge Goeyvaerts Gruppe 47 harmonic hearing Henri Pousseur Herbert Eimert human Ibid idea implications important individual information theory instruments Kagel Karlheinz Stockhausen Kirchmeyer Klavierstuck Klee Koenig language Ligeti listening material method Meyer-Eppler modern Mondrian movement music theory Musik musique concrete nature notes original parameters particular piece pitch possible post-war Pousseur present principle problem realisation reception reflected Reihe relation relationship Schnebel Schoenberg semantic serial aesthetic serial composers serial form serial music serial theory serialism's serialists sine tone sound specific statistical structure Stuckenschmidt suggested technique temporal tendency timbre tonal traditional twelve-tone twelve-tone technique Webern