atonalism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

atonal +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

atonalism (usually uncountable, plural atonalisms)

  1. The school of atonal musical composition
    • 1998 February 27, Lee Sandlin, “Over Powered”, Chicago Reader:
      No matter how melodramatic the story behind the music might be, most audiences won't buy atonalism; Arnold Schoenberg could have been devoured by escaped circus tigers while he was finishing the Variations for Orchestra and it would still get booed off the stage.
    • 2008 October 8, Charles Mcgrath, “Musical Odyssey: Circus Marches as a Boy, Grand, Topical Operas as a Man”, New York Times:
      As a young composer, he wandered for years in the desert of atonalism and then, following the example of John Cage , he detoured through the wilderness of music based on an aesthetic of randomness and anarchy.