Twelve-Tone Music

  • 10.3: Christoph Neidhöfer, “Directionality in Twelve-Tone Composition” - explores how one 12-tone composer, Julius Schloss, strategically arranged his serial materials to invoke tonal procedures like cadences and phrase structures; suitable for post-tonal music theory courses as well as classes addressing phrase structure, tonal direction, and cadence

  • 3.2: J. Daniel Jenkins, “Schoenberg’s ‘Advice for Beginners in Composition with Twelve Tones’” – shows how Arnold Schoenberg teaches how to generate inversionally combinatorial twelve-tone rows, drawing from his pre-broadcast sketches; suitable for post-tonal music theory courses; demonstrates how one might use an archive in a music theoretical context

  • 5.1–5.3: Joshua Banks Mailman, “Babbitt’s Beguiling Surfaces, Improvised Inside” Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 – discusses Babbitt’s compositional techniques (specifically partial ordering) and connects these techniques to improvisation (including jazz); suitable for students studying 20th-century compositional techniques


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