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Definition of the noun 12-tone system
What does 12-tone system mean as a name of something?
- 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)
- lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
- synonyms of 12-tone system: 12-tone music / twelve-tone music / twelve-tone system
- more generic terms: serial music / serialism = 20th century music that uses a definite order of notes as a thematic basis for a musical composition
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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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