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Schönberg (1995)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195151152
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850044 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151152.003.0056
Schönberg (1995)

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This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about Arnold Schönberg. He cites the main problem with Schönberg's musical thinking: The reality of cadence to a key or modal center is basic in all the music of the world (Western and non-Western). This reality is also related to the primacy of the intervals of the fifth, fourth, and octave in all the world's music as well as in the physical acoustics of sound. Similarly for the regular rhythmic pulse. Any theory of music that eliminates these realities is doomed to a marginal role in the music of the world. The postman will never whistle Schönberg.

Keywords: modal center; fifth; music theory; fourth; octave

Chapter.  662 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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