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    Senior Member GucciManeIsTheNewWebern's Avatar
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    Default Pre-serialist Webern

    These three Webern pieces were composed prior to adopting the 12-tone method. So what compositional method was he using then? I'm particularly curious about his choice in vertical harmony: where exactly is he getting these chords from, and how would they theoretically be defined? Even free form atonality like this is rooted in a method, so how would one approach analyzing these scores?

    Four Pieces for Violin and Piano

    Cello Sonata

    Three Little Pieces for Cello & Piano

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    Pitch class sets, which he also incorporated into his later 12-tone works

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    This is an interesting read compared to most of the set theory:

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