Chapter 13, 20th Century

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Atonality

The avoidance of tonal centers and tonal relationships in music.

Avant-garde

Music that was on the forefront of musical developments of new and unconventional musical styles.

Conjunct

A melody that moves mostly stepwise.

Disjunct

A melody that moves with wide intervals/skips.

Midi

Musical Instrument Digital Interface-is a means for providing electronic communication between synthesizers and computers or other synthesizers.

Minimalism

A style of composition whose creator attempts to achieve the greatest effect from the least amount of material.

Neoclassical

A style of modern composition that is based on established forms and structures of the past.

Impressionism

A style of music, exemplified in the works of Debussy, that emphasizes suggestion and atmosphere, evokes moods, and conveys impressions of images and feelings.

Sequences

A melodic pattern repeated several times either a step lower or a step higher than the preceding statement.

Serialism

Music created as an alternative to the major minor tonal system.

Serial composition

A set of non-repeated pitches-a tone row-used as the basis for organizing a composition.

Tone cluster

Three or more adjacent tones sounding simultaneously.

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