Fifty-five years after his death, Anton Webern still leads listeners through a musical underworld where even dodecaphonic and atonal rules simply don't apply.
This commitment to rigorously atonal music, planned and performed as a separate entity from the choreography, is at the core of Cunningham's radicalism.
When the lectures were first delivered, Bernstein's rejection of atonal music deeply offended many avant-garde composers.
Not one to experiment in the emerging environment of atonal and neo-classical music, his old-fashioned compositions were swept aside well before his death.
In fact, it reminds me very much of Schoenberg's freely atonal music of roughly twenty years previous.
Why do you think audiences have trouble with modern or atonal classical music?
Brecht's words, juxtaposed against Weill's music, with its atonal harmonies and angular lines, venomously satirized the state of affairs.
This is an umbrella term for a group of musicians in Japan whose music is primarily atonal , noisy, improvised and loud.
Lambert isn't against atonalism , and admires Berg a great deal, but he's against any sort of dogmatism, and the atonalists had become dogmatic even by then.
Talman would also have us believe that somehow, serialists and atonalists could bury expression in their music by piling on the mathematical base on which their music was founded.