The path to the new music is a series of lectures in

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The Path to the New Music is a series of lectures in which Webern argued that twelve- tone music was the inevitable result of music’s evolution His beliefs gave him confidence to continue, despite much opposition; he saw himself as a researcher making new discoveries.
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General Webern’s works were widely influential following World War II.
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Works and styles Webern passed through the stages of late Romanticism, chromaticism, atonality, and twelve-tone organization He began the last phase in 1925 with the songs of Op. 17 He wrote equally for voice and instruments, usually writing for small chamber ensembles.
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Works and styles His music is extremely concentrated Some of his works are only a few measures long His entire mature output takes less than four hours to play His music could be called “minimalistic,” except that term was used later It is best thought of as “pointilistic,” like the paintings of the French Impressionist painters The dynamics seldom rise above forte .
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Works and styles Treatment of the row: He avoided using rows with tonal implications, unlike Berg or even Schönberg He frequently employed canons in inversion or retrograde (a favorite of the 15 th century composers he had studied).
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Symphony, Op. 21, first movement The entire first movement is a double canon in inversion The row is a palindrome, with the same intervals going forward and backward.
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Symphony Op. 21, double canon at the opening
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Symphony, Op. 21, first movement He employs a succession of timbres similar to Schoenberg’s concept of Klangfarbenmelodie (tone-color melody), in which changes of tone color are perceived as parallel to changing pitches in a melody Let’s listen.
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  • Fall '07
  • Howell
  • Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Schoenberg, Atonality, Pierrot Lunaire, twelve-tone method

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