May 30, 2008 20th Century Avant-garde: America Schoenberg?s 12-tone row (atonal sound) Did not gain widespread popularity Should a composer attempting to change the musical landscape be concerned with popular acceptance?? Free association w/ piece: Suspense from the long notes and timbre of high strings and dissonance Very slow tempo Charles Ives (1874 ? 1934) American composer and grew up on east coast Esteemed aesthetic nature of music (like performing) Substance vs. manner Experimented with the humanophone: a choir w/ one person assigned a note and the chords and melody is played with alternating people Bitonality Juxtaposition & superimposition ?Unanswered Question? Superimposition: Homophonic, consonant, diatonic layer at first Complex, arrhythmic, atonal Edgard Varese ?Le poeme electonique? (1938) Wanted to explore sound beyond conventional instruments Musique concrete: using everyday sounds as a musical compilation
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