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The avoidance of tonal centers and tonal relationships in music.


music that was on the forefront of musical development and are leaders in the development of new styles


it enables sound to be stored in memory until needed

Serial composition

set of nonrepeated pitches , a tone row


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


Music created as an alternative

Tone clusters

Three or more adjacent tones sounding simutaneously.


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


smooth shape that moves mostly stepwise


A style of music exemplified in the works of Debussy, that avoids explicit , coveys impressions of images and feelings


A style of composition whose creator attemps to acheive the greatest effect from the least amount of material.


angular shape resulting from frequent use of wide intervals.

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