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    Dual Polymodality

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    Composers and scholars have not agreed on what each term exactly means, and its scope. Perhaps as a result of its wide acceptance, the term polytonality lacks accuracy as a descriptive category. Béla Bartók’s explanation of both this terms, is one of the most radically different to the rest of composers and scholars. For him, the difference relies in the amount of tonal centers. While polytonality must have two or more tonal centers with identical or different scales, polymodality needs only one tonic and different modes, as he observes To point out the essential difference between atonality, polytonality, and polymodality in a final word on this subject, we may say that atonal music offers no fundamental tone at all, polytonality offers or is supposed to offer several of them, polymodality offers a single one. Therefore, our music, I mean the new Hungarian art music, is always based on a single fundamental tone, as [much] in its entirety as in its…

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    New German School Essay

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    The concept of the New German School, while vague, had a huge effect on the world of music. It is a group of musicians who aimed to expand upon the legacy of Beethoven and further the German narrative. The New German School was not a set “club” or meeting group of composers. Rather, they were musicians who Franz Brendel, a philosopher whose influential writings impacted the musical sphere, grouped together and praised. The three he frequently praised on high were Hector Berlioz, Franz Liszt, and…

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    “If compositions as diverse as Stravinksy’s Rite of Spring, Lasso’s Prophetiae Sibyllarum, and Schoenberg’s Erwartung, Op. 17 are all ‘atonal,’ then this definition has little value…” Body A. Tonality vs. Atonality 1. Because atonality is a negative term, one must seek out the definition for what tonality is in order to define it a. In “Schoenberg and Atonality,” Charles Rosen defines tonality i. “Tonality is not, as is sometimes claimed, a system with a central note…

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    Errlkönig Analysis

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    Berg was following in the strides of his educator, Arnold Schoenberg, by utilizing free atonality to express feelings and even the perspectives of the characters on the stage. The declaration of franticness and estrangement was opened up with atonal music. In spite of the fact that the music is atonal as in it doesn't take after the procedures of the real/minor tonality framework predominant in the West amid the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, the piece is composed with different…

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    The Twelve Tone Technique

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    The 20th century was a major turning point in the history of classical music. Tonal harmony of the Romance era have been replaced with the dissonant sounding atonality of many composers of the 20th century. The 20th century of classical music was led by Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, and Claude Debussy. These composers have created techniques that were unlike any other in the history of classical music. Arnold Schoenberg is known for a technique called the Twelve Tone Technique. This…

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    It is worth mentioning that most of the quotations are from large Symphonic works of composers who were living and writing concomitantly with Mahler. Berio himself in an interview assumes the emphasis placed on 20th century music, most specifically in the last one hundred years. Although the preference for modern works points towards a post-tonal harmonic structure, the majority of quotations are of a more moderate nature, such as Stravinsky, Ravel and Debussy rather than the full-blown…

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    Sonata V utilizes this by consolidating the sixteenth note runs in a fluctuated bass pitch. Udan Mas utilizes this by fusing the syncopated sixteenth notes and the melody at the same time. Tonality and Harmony are both basic elements while analyzing Sonata V and Udan Mas. The main trademark is their "non-western" tone. A western performer might consider this piece to be "unusual" or conflicting in pitch. This is because of the distinction in tuning. A Gamelan is tuned inside of itself and not to…

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    Music Theory

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    knowledge and familiarity on the subjects, music is a vastly more rewarding experience when you know how to listen actively. By becoming aware of the five fundamental disciplines within a musical composition, it is possible to open your ears to a piece of music and hear the beauty within that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Music Theory Music theory teaches musicians how to read and write music. Music theory encompasses melodic elements such as major and minor scales, chords, chord…

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    cadence evokes emotional tension and desire in the music, which parallels the words and actions that are going on on stage. To aid in the sound he wanted to produce, Wagner had a performance venue created, known as the Festspielhaus, in the town of Bayreuth. With state of the art stage facilities, and having the orchestra placed underneath the stage, Wagner was able to utilize the whole stage for action as well as blend the orchestra sound with the singers. Wagner’s ideas and practices would…

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    Webern’s trichords contain a major seventh with a tri-tone, making these chords extremely dissonant to emphasize the atonality. It is noticeable that dynamics are important to Webern because he utilizes them frequently with his two note figures to get the specific sound he desires. The trichords Webern implemented have a fortissimo dynamic marking with the exception of measures three and four. These chords are jarring to the listener of the piece because of both the dynamic contrast and the…

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