Abstracts of issue 21 (2013)

Iakovos Steinhauer

Bach the progressive

With his twelve-tone technique, Schoenberg decisively brought composition into the discourse of history. His modernist concept of stylistic and technical purity of the serial composition hinges at a first glance on a teleological conception of history. Nevertheless, several ontological and historical details of the serial idea lead to the conclusion that twelve-tone music was a dialectical concept that brings forward the argument of a transcendental progressiveness.