Schoenberg, serialism and cognition: Whose fault if No one listens?

  title={Schoenberg, serialism and cognition: Whose fault if No one listens?},
  author={Philip Ball},
  journal={Interdisciplinary Science Reviews},
  pages={24 - 41}
  • P. Ball
  • Published 1 March 2011
  • Psychology
  • Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Abstract Atonal compositions based on the 12-tone method devised by Arnold Schoenberg remain, in some cases a century after they were written, largely unpopular with music audiences. Research on the science of music cogni- tion may now offer some clues to why this is. Schoenberg’s method of atonal composition actively undermines some of the basic cognitive princi- ples that allow our brains to turn notes into music. Unless 12-tone music is granted other aids to cognition, it may thus fail to… Expand
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