12-tone Composition challenge

I have suggested at SonsofSibelius that composers challenge themselves by composing something utilizing the 12-tone method of composition. I think a lot of creativity is locked up in our own personal rules and limitations and that by smashing through our self-created walls we can experience a burst of creativity and productivity. I’m looking forward to hearing some of the results!

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2 Responses to 12-tone Composition challenge

  1. Ed Sharpe says:

    That is really the question, what is “non-tonal” music. All music has Tones. Or does pure percussion music lack tones?

  2. Steve says:

    I agree that the term is a misnomer. The reference is really to the relationship of the music to a key (or tonality) as expressed by the recurrence of predominant notes or tones and the relative rarity of others, along with chordal, harmonic relationships that bind the music to a certain tonality (at least to Western ears and in accordance with the accompanying theory). But the term non-tonal does indeed seem to imply that some music may indeed not consist of tones! Which I think is poppycock as even pure percussion music, to my ears at least, is comprised of tones, even if they are a muddier, less distinct batch of tones than one would hear with pitched instruments.

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