Late 19th and Early 20th century Music History.......

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Schoenberg’s Nacht , Berg’s Wozzeck , and Webern’s Symphony, Op. 21 Of the three musical revolutions we are looking at (Impressionism, Primitivism, and Expressionism), only Expressionism is truly atonal. Go back and listen to the three works listed above. How do you respond to atonality, to the lack of a tonal center? Is there anything you can find to enjoy in this music, or does it turn you off completely? Why would these composers choose to write music like this?

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Running head: MUSIC HISTORY1Music HistoryInstitution AffiliationNameMUSIC HISTORY2In the case of the Schoenbergs Nacht piece, atonality is evident in that, the piece starts in a lowtone, transitions to a high tone and then settles at a flat tone. However, most of the music is tonal.The generation of the tunes is done from the ten motifs, moving from the fourth bar. In additionto that, the transitions are so abrupt and sharp that leaves me turned off. In the case of the BergsWozzeck, atonality is clearly evident with an increased attention capturing capability throughpitch controls. This control of the pitch directs the harmonic flow leading to smooth transitionsfrom one tone to the other. The smooth transitions make the piece enjoyable and worth listeningto. Weberns Symphony, Op. 21 is also a great representative of atonality. I consider it amasterpiece of

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