From Chords to Simultaneities: Chordal Indeterminacy and the Failure of Serialism


This work examines the 20th century musical development of atonality and serialism, and questions whether the esteem that serialism has been accorded is wholly justified. Schoffman formulates criteria that are applicable to both serialism and traditional harmony and explores the negative aspects of serialism. In its four sections, the book examines the indeterminacy of progression, the indeterminacy of members of chords, chords in serial music, and destructive aspects of indeterminacy. References and an index are also included.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990


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