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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or employing serialism
  • n. A practitioner or adherent of serialism, an approach to composing which emphasizes the use of a series of notes, especially scales, to achieve coherence


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From serial +‎ -ist


  • (Back in the day I knew some serialist babes ....)

    Design for Living

  • Galenson is writing about the visual arts, but the spread of the serialist and minimalist conceptual frameworks fits the pattern.

    Where'er you walk

  • But this is far too facile an appraisal of a composer whose music is far more human than perhaps even he at times would like to admit and bear in mind that there are cabaret songs in his output as well as serialist string quartets.

    Milton Babbitt RIP

  • Such music has the most traction when an emotional narrative is layered on top of it, as in opera — minimalism proved well-suited to the genre, and Wozzeck, for example, never seems to fall victim to the alleged serialist box-office curse.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • The great serialist monstrosities from the 50's and 60's have kind of been sorted through and the ones that will likely endure are still programmed once in a while.

    My Prerogative

  • Spectralism is an interesting case in this scheme: a definite reliance on scientific analysis, but retaining connections of vocabulary and sonic effect with post-serialist atonality — not, in its current form, enough of a break.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • I think I have heard about five serialist pieces, total, in the last few years, plus some modernist music, so not really very frequently and certainly not consistently enough to chase people from concert halls.

    My Prerogative

  • The only serious study I know of the anthropology of serialism in post-WWII American academia is by Joseph Straus, who concluded that any claim of serialist hegemony was, at best, rather exaggerated.

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

  • Brookes is, of course, reiterating the simplistic serialist-hegemony-tonal-rebellion narrative which is turning into as hoary a "fact" as Abner Doubleday's invention of baseball.

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

  • You know, I find myself so curious about just how much serialist music was being performed in any given period, considering that people are so swift to credit serialism with driving listeners from the concert hall.

    My Prerogative


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