Schoenberg (1874-1951)

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Who was Schoenberg and why is he famous?

Schoenberg (1874-1951)

Arnold Schoenberg created a new method of composition called serial music. He used the twelve tones in a specific sequence, a tone row, with these rules. Each tone must be sounded before any can be repeated, but then when the row of twelve tones is repeated, it can be backward (retrograde), upside down (inverted) or backwards and upside down (retrograde inversion).

   

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