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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 (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 ...

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