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

  • Menotti is correct about the joylessness of atonality.
  • By his new theory of atonality, all notes were created free equal; the sequence in which they followed each other was merely a matter of taste.
  • This mixture of old and new, of atonality and traditional harmony, was precisely what Henze was after.
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  • ZAHOS | Here’s to You, Lou
    By ZACHARY ZAHOS There is a point in every music lover’s life when things get ugly. Dissonance, atonality and heavy, dirty subject matter assault your ears and your precious illusion that all music is supposed to sound nice and pretty and easy to dance to. It’s how you react to […]
    Oct. 30, 2013 - The Cornell Daily Sun

  • Alex Ross in
    So, I think atonality sprang from visceral, emotional sources, which Schoenberg later intellectualised and rationalised,says Ross. "In a way, when I look at that period I think the ideology which seems to support it is more problematic...
  • Mitsuko Uchida in
    It is precisely 100 years since Arnold Schoenberg embraced atonality,says Mitsuko Uchida. "And I for one am celebrating."

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