(21stCent) Atonal Theory Review

Links to review material on atonal/set theory, based on the Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory by Joseph Straus, and taken from my undergrad course on 20th-century music:

Although I didn’t go over this in class, you can find my material for serialism and 12-tone composition.

A recording for the Berg movement that you are working on for next Thursday is in my iLocker account. (FourPieces-I.mp3) Focus mainly on the opening four measures and last four measures for set class analysis. Look at the entire movement for a sense of overall form.  Careful examination of the first nine notes in the clarinet will go a long way to helping you understand how the piece develops over time, independent of a thorough set class analysis. The opening six notes can be divided into two overlapping sets. Consider notes 7, 8, and 9 to form a set and that will help with both parsing and with general analysis.

You should write about a page to page-and-a-half describing what you find. It is helpful to circle and label sets on directly on the score.


One response to “(21stCent) Atonal Theory Review”

  1. do you want us to use the normal form of the pitch class sets?

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