Twelve-Note Music as Music: an Essay in Two Parts

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Abstract

Analysts of twelve-note music tend to treat this repertory as if it were composed of numbers rather than notes. The first part of this article asks how they might treat this music as if it were music. A theoretical position is developed via close readings of the work a number of theorists and philosophers, notably Roger Scruton and Theodor W. Adorno. In part two, the potential of the position developed in part one is tested in a review of three books on twelve-note music by Nikos Skalkottas and Luigi Dallapiccola.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91–149
Number of pages58
JournalMusic Analysis
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

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