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Thread: Tritone use

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    To take things a bit further, Scelsi's use of the tritone is the building block in Aion: to be somewhat fanciful, its diminished 5th character suggests, to my ears, a sort of "mockery" of the perfect 5ths/4ths we might expect in a Romantic period symphony (the opening of Bruckner's 4th, anyone?); we are inculcated, are we not, in the "classical tradition", to hear the brass in 5ths and 4ths. I think this work undercuts those expectations very effectively and yet, at the end, gives us a most satisfying, truly "Brucknerian" resolution.

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    And sorry to harp on about Bruckner but in this piece by Scelsi there is a quick allusion to the Brucknerian 3+2 rhythm in the closing moments.
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