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- n. composition technique in which the composer uses all 12 tones of the chromatic scale to compose a piece
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"dodecaphony," well, Alaleona coined it (in Italian, of course).
But even when variations do arise independently — Schoenberg and Rufer both hitting on dodecaphony, for example — we attribute it to something "in the air," that it was historically time for such a development.
I could have told them where the beer bar was, what the best chess opening was against the current uni champ or where you could buy a pizza and egg for under a £1, but I couldn't have explained dodecaphony to them or the Caledonian antizygy which I was meant to know.
Any youth who has not experienced the absolute necessity for such language, i.e., dodecaphony, is worthless.
And yet, in another sharp irony, the collective pressure put on composers to switch to dodecaphony would have seemed to destroy the autonomy of the composer, and thus the authenticity of his music.