1. Discuss the historical conditions
(recite works) concerning the breaking of tonal practices.
2. Discuss the historical
importance of Schoenberg’s 4th String Quartet.
3. What happens when an interval
of 2 semitones is present in a row? Discuss this interval in the context
of 12-tone music.
4. What is the difference
between partitioning & segmentation?
5. Why are tonal rhythms and
12-tone pitch structures incompatible?
6. What is the time-point
system? How is it different from durational systems used in Europe in the
7. What set properties does
Babbitt prefer to use?
8. Talk about combinatoriality.
What types are there? How does one figure out a set’s property?
9. How does a composer achieve
a cadence in non-tonal music?
10. How is pacing defined
in 12-tone music?
11. In a numeric 12-tone set,
what is represented by the numbers?
12. What ambiguity does Berg
enlist in some of his sets?
13. What is the fundamental
difference between the nature of tonal and non-tonal harmonic structures?
14. Discuss the opening of
Babbitt’s St. Qt. #3.
15. Discuss tonal rhythmic
structure in terms of non-harmonic tones. How does the situation differe
in non-tonal music?
16. What does the term “chromatic
completion” imply? To what musical parameters does it apply?
17. Is 12-tone music a “style”?
Why or why not?
18. What are the differences
between mod 12 and mod 9 pitch systems? In what type of music is each formula
19. Of all the types of combinatorial
sets, which yields the most intervallic linearly? The least?
20. What is interesting about
the Webern Piano Variatoins, 2nd mvt?
21. Why is combinatoriality
22. What is a “source” hexachord?
23. What is meant by a “degenerative”
24. What was the first piece
of music to use rhythmic serialization?
25. Discuss the history of
music in 20th C. America. Why is the educated public so far behind composers
1900-22: German music banned
in US; American culture misses out on transition from tonal to non-tonal