from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to, composed in, or consisting of twelve-tone music.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to dodecaphony


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek dōdeka, twelve; see dodecagon + phon(o)-, tone, pitch + -ic.

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dodecaphony +‎ -ic


  • The Steve Reich Collection at the Paul Sacher Foundation covers the composer's entire oeuvre, from his dodecaphonic early works to his very latest creations, such as Daniel Variations (2006) and Double Sextet (2007).

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  • That aside, my views on Boulez ever-evolving as they are are fairly clear: it's obvious, in 2008, that dodecaphonic atonal music didn't win the battle for the hearts and minds of the musical cognoscenti.

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  • He wrote that "any musician who has not experienced — we do not say understood, but experienced — the necessity of the dodecaphonic language is USELESS," which everyone understood to mean Stravinsky.

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  • Last winter, I dragged Chris to see Wozzeck, a modern German opera that, while not atonal and only occasionally dodecaphonic, sounds dissonant and strange.

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  • Here was obviously a great future talent for atonal and dodecaphonic scores.

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  • By this principle, Stravinsky will be able to "supervise" future recordings of his oeuvre for years to come, in quadraphonic, dodecaphonic, and interplanetary sound, or whatever other inanities of planned obsolescence remain to be devised.


  • The third Babbitt work was "It Takes Twelve to Tango" 1984, a short, lively version of the Argentine dance, refracted through a dodecaphonic prism.

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  • With its ripping three-chord chorus riff, "Worried Worried" is a prepunk classic, while "Oyster Thins" starts with a dodecaphonic guitar/vocal line that segues into a bluesy march, replete with brushes on snare drum.

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  • Perle eventually developed his own approach to dodecaphonic composition, which he called "Twelve-Tone Tonality" since it incorporates the hierarchical distinctions of tonal practice into a total chromatic vocabulary.


  • After years of working in the "formalist," dodecaphonic style and later with Russian and Eastern folk music and electronic and rock music, his incessant search for spiritual truth and musical innovation brought him to Russian Orthodoxy at the end of the 1970s.



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