Sunday, July 10, 2011
Twelve Tone Tennis
You can listen here, and find a PDF here.
I'm in the process of writing a summer set of duets (I'm calling them "Summer Games") for Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi and Ilkka Talvi, and thought I'd share this bit of atonal fun, which can be played on any two instruments that have the range of the violin (I'm thinking that it might sound nifty on a pair of clarinets). It's not exactly strict twelve tone music, but it does use a row.
I made it by following a matrix that I made from a 12-tone row. The pitches all come from reading the rows from left to right (I made it to the beginning of the sixth line).
I was inspired by this image:
[Arnold Schoenberg and Lucca Lehner shaking hands with Gertrud Schoenberg and Felix Khuner in 1937.]
and this video:
Why do people still write 12-tone music? Because it's fun.