Non-tonal Centricity

Webern Op.3

"Free Atonal Music". Anton Webern's Song Op. 3, No. 1 as an example of an atonal work which has a very strict pitch structure while, at the same time, not following any particular u "system".

Looking at the vocal part, one discovers that a five sound cell is transposed, embelished and slightly distorted to generate the entire voice part of this song ("b" stands for "flat"):

	Bar 1-2     D   Db  Eb      Gb  F       Ab  (E  Bb)
            3       Db              F   E   C#  G    D	
            4       Eb              G   F#      A    E
          ---------------------------------------------------
            8       C               E   D#      F#   C#
            9-10    D   Db  Eb  G   Gb  F       Ab  (E  Bb)

Moreover:

		D Db Eb Gb ==>  Gb Eb Db D (G)
				G  E  D  Eb Ab

With a little patience, one could demonstrate how all the sounds in this short composition were derived from the 5 note cell mentioned above.

Expressionism. The extremely intimate feelings and the unusually soft general dynamic of this song as an example of expressionist art.


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