Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Serial compositions.
  • noun The theory or composition of serial music.

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  • noun music Music, especially from the 20th century, in which themes are based on a definite order of notes of an equal-tempered scale.

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  • noun 20th century music that uses a definite order of notes as a thematic basis for a musical composition

Etymologies

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serial +‎ -ism. Calque of the German Reihenmusik.

Examples

  • Hardly a week goes by that I don't see another variation on the "serialism is to blame for classical's marginalization" trope, but I could just as easily argue that said marginalization correlates nicely with both the abandonment of experimental modernism and the domestication of radical minimalism.

    Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it

  • Schoenberg got it right: serialism is the result of a neo-Classical impulse, not a Romantic one.

    Naming of Parts

  • Schoenberg got it right: serialism is the result of a neo-Classical impulse, not a Romantic one.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • The result of this search for a new system was called serialism, or 12-tone composition. was redefining the profile of French music, with a style that transferred the ideals of opera Pelléas and Mélisande was first performed in

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • The result of this search for a new system was called serialism, or 12-tone composition. was redefining the profile of French music, with a style that transferred the ideals of opera Pelléas and Mélisande was first performed in

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • The result of this search for a new system was called serialism, or 12-tone composition. was redefining the profile of French music, with a style that transferred the ideals of opera Pelléas and Mélisande was first performed in

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • Composed in the late 1930s – with one ear directed toward the rise of fascism, and the other turned to the conservative critics complaining about his progressive, atonal style – the work combines elements of 12-tone serialism, nostalgic lyricism and folk dance, all couched in the swashbuckling rhetoric of the Romantic concerto.

    Ehnes/LSO/Noseda - review

  • Minimalist music developed in the U.S. during the 1960s as an alternative to the complexities of academic serialism on the one hand, and "chance" music on the other.

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  • But there's something else in early Reich, Glass and Riley, too – an insistence on returning music to the roots that all three composers felt European modernisms, such as serialism, had left behind: melody, modality and rhythm.

    Minimalism at 50: how less became more

  • Many of Spicer's poems manifest a doubling effect, where serialism becomes a structure for the poem.

    Quaytman Explores Terrain Between Text and Image in New SFMOMA Show

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