Understanding Serial Composition

Techniques for Film Underscore

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Composing music in the Western World admits two main considerations: consonance and dissonance. In 1900, Arnold Schoenberg proposed a masterful system to harness those concepts in something he termed “a row”, or the genesis of non-tonal, serial composition. This system has become a fundamental tool for the modern Film Composer and this book presents various strategies and examples of serial techniques. Film is inherently dissonant and dramatic, and the lessons in this volume afford composers a plethora of serial composition methods perfectly suited for the medium.      

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