Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Atonal Music


I didn't really learn much today, I worked and went to the doctor and made cookies and screwed around online. So I'm turning to An Incomplete Education for a dose of trivia. Apparently, Arnold Schoenberg wrote "perhaps the first really atonal work" in 1899. His two biggest pupils stole all his thunder and he died alone and bitter in 1951. Awesome.

I've never been a big fan of atonality, although it does add some spice when used in moderation. We played too much Bartok in high school orchestra. You don't know atonal til you've heard an atonal piece played by a terrible freshman violinist.

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