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12-Tone System

Definition of the noun 12-tone system

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  1. a type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg; uses a tone row formed by the twelve semitones of the chromatic scale (and inverted or backward versions of the row)

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Populism in America: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2014)

by Alexandra Kindell, Elizabeth S. Demers Ph.D.

Schoenberg developed serialism, a 12-tone system of writ- ing music. Stravinsky wrote many ballets, including The Rite of Spring (1913). In religion, modernism expressed itself as an attempt to synthesize modern scientific thought and traditional Christian theology into a theology that reflected the current age. In Catholicism, modernism developed as a movement in Europe and was condemned by Pius X in 1907. At the same time that modernism was emerging in Europe, Protestant ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2010)

Volume 14: Folklife by Glenn Hinson, William Ferris

phrases and wordless humming or moaning; rather than sticking to the simplified 12-tone system used in European classical music or the strict rhythms of dance music and work chants, many hollers were very loosely organized both rhythmically and harmonically, using free meter and subtle microtonal shadings. For listeners whose ears are accustomed to the European diatonic major scale ( do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do), the most striking harmonic divergence in West African singing is its ...

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