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  • n  the absence of a key; alternative to the diatonic system

  • Directed by Wolfgang Doerner, the production is self-assuredly modern not by strident atonalism, but rather through the fertile mixing of jazz, opera, rock and electronica .
  • But in this concerto, his atonalism is for once eloquent and heartfelt; it is Composer Berg's elegy on the death of his friend Manon Gropius, daughter of famed Architect Walter .
  • After it, Schoenberg was to begin the experiments with atonalism that eventually determined the direction of 20th century music.

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