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AVANT GARDE MUSIC

The Beginnings of Musical History

The “New Sound” Composers of the
20th Century

Music & Health Music as Stress

Music & Health –
Society’s Responsibility

Music & Health –
Medical Judgements

A Natural Appreciation for Music

Harmonious & Disharmonious Music

Harmony & Disharmony

The Microcosm of Music

The Future of Music

The Future of the Orchestra

The modern Interpreters

Why
Micro Music Laboratories?

The Revolutionary
Musical Path

The Question of the Meaning & Purpose of Life

Musical Development in the Past Hundred Years

Old Errors New Insights

New Insights Old Errors

Living and Dead Music

A Natural Appreciation for Music

 

Peter Hübner
Founder of the
Micro Music Laboratories

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  Avant Garde Music
     
  The “New Sound” Composers of the 20th Century and the Range of Intervals  
     
 
Eventually, with the construction of valve instruments, the interest for these great, natural main intervals faded, and the "new sound" composers of the 20th century turned to even finer intervals of the major and minor second – that is, the space between the seventh and eighth overtone, the eighth and ninth overtone; or the space between the ninth and tenth overtone, and the tenth and eleventh overtone respectively.
  Mechanistic Differentiation
in the Musical
Macrocosm
     
At this point, however, the new composers began to intimidate the music lover; for, even to the uneducated ear, the discrepancy of the "forced marriage" between the microcosm and the macrocosm of music became clear; a marriage, in which the microcosm produces shrill dissonances due to the lack of sensitivity of the macrocosm.
  The Forced Marriage
of Macrocosm and
Microcosm
of Music
     
The continuous playing of tones at too small intervals causes a friction between their high overtones, which are too closely spaced, and creates a strange sharpness of shrill dissonances, thus destroying the comprehension of the inner content of a composition – since they shift the attention of the listener, and even that of the musician, incessantly from the immanent logic of the composition to the gross combat of overtones. Thus, each overtone fights its neighbour for superiority, something we perceive as shrill, and reject as unpleasant.

This leads us to twelve-tone music and to the technique of serial composition of the 20th century – the so-called avantgarde.
  The Friction between High Overtones
     
Not that the great classics had been unable to write in seconds or to produce dissonances, but in the mixture of the outer-musical macrocosm and the inner-tonal microcosm they rather knew the natural limits, which exist as long as the musician does not master the microcosm of music.
  The Twelve-Tone
Music and the Serial Composing Technique
     
Therefore, the great classical composers from Bach to Wagner only approached, but never crossed, the border to disharmony, and thus created mostly harmonious music.

This indicates that they were guided by their natural inner hearing, and that to them a lined sheet of paper was not a drawing board for the construction of music.
With perfect confidence the great classical musicians simply brought to paper what they heard within.
  The Tonal Orientation of the Great
Composers in the
Classical Era

Beyond Constructing
Music on the
Drawing Board
 
 
 
 
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Mechanistic Differentiation
in the Musical
Macrocosm

 


The Forced Marriage
of Macrocosm and
Microcosm
of Music



The Friction between High Overtones

 

 

 

The Twelve-Tone
Music and the Serial Composing Technique

 


The Tonal Orientation of the Great
Composers in the
Classical Era

Beyond Constructing
Music on the
Drawing Board