Anybody here start learning composition from atonal techniques such as serialism, 12 tones system, bitonality, minimalism etc.
I this this may be an easy step for a composing beginner, does anybody agree ?
While those techniques are worthwhile for any composer to be familiar, most of what is taught here revolves around the fundamentals of tonal composition. I believe in order to fully understand atonality, serialism, bitonality, minimalism, and other techniques, you need a solid foundation in whats referred to as the “Common Practice Period” which really covers Baroque to Late Romantic music.
None the less, here are some decent books on the subject:
“Materials and Techniques of Twentieth – Century Music” is the book that I am going to buy. I know that serial or another atonal style music are not the universal language for worldwide composers. When I was taught in the creative composing course at my university, my professor encouraged me to think outside the box. I am now learning harmony by analysing the scores and reading related materials but I was taking non – tonal music as my starting point. I am just concerned about whether some people have the same initiation with me.