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Serial or free atonal? (Game)

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Thanks to dim7's suggestion, this is a game. Serial or free atonal?

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Serial or free atonal:

So was the first one serial or not?
The first piece I believe is neither serial nor free atonal. Too bad I don't have the score :( so that I can look at it closely.
In fact, I think that Schoenberg's Piano Concerto is one of the finest poetic statement ever devised in the history of Western music. It also scares off my dad.

And as serial as it is, it's definitely tonal for my ears.

Here is another atonal example:

That example has NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO tonal center whatsoever. Thus atonal definitely to me.

On the other hand, Feldman is strictly tonal to my ears.

This being a prime example.

So electroacoustic music could be 95% atonal to me. :)
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I heard all of Schoenberg's string quartets and based on my layman's intuition, I think of them as tonal honestly. Lack of key signatures do not signify atonality to me because tonal centers still exist although in smaller chunks.
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