Music 338: C.P.E. Bach meets Schoenberg

In this piece of music I have taken the rhythm of a C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788) sonata movement, and applied the type of serial scale that Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) could have used. The result is… interesting! There are snippets of the Bach unchanged. The piece ends with the playing of the Schoenberg-like serial scale employed in the piece and C.P.E. Bach’s scale of C minor which he used.

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14 thoughts on “Music 338: C.P.E. Bach meets Schoenberg

  1. umashankar

    I am a classical-music-illiterate. All I can tell you it made me feel very good.

    Take your break, Bruce. Never forget though, we will be waiting for your stories.

    1. Bruce Post author

      Thanks Uma – I THINK I am learning towards creating a number of those poems in the adapted “luc bat” form. Do you think that’s a good idea to concentrate on that?

  2. arlingwoman

    I like this–and thanks for the context, because it’s outside time. Mixing these two men together is not so far out as it might seem on its face. And there’s a little bit of Hickory Dickory Dock in there because of the Bach rhythm–and the tempo you chose no doubt. I get clues to songs on squeaky subway escalators, so seven notes is bound to spark something–so don’t be insulted. And do take time off to do some poems. I await education on luc bats! And you do have a garden to tend…

    1. Bruce Post author

      Thanks Lisa – and I have cakes to cook!!! I dunnit! And it’s okay. It’s rather good! But I forgot to buy nuts would you believe – so used raisins instead. It was a mistake – so I will do another one properly as soon as this one is devoured!

      I never heard the Hickory Dickory Dock bit until you pointed it out!

      1. arlingwoman

        Ooh, glad you cooked the cake, but, yeah, raisins wouldn’t do it. I always have nuts of some sort on hand and like almonds or walnuts in that as they cut the sweetness a bit and add some crunch. Pecans would be less contrast. If you added oats, that might have worked as well.

  3. badfinger20

    I like the feel of it Bruce…sounds great.

    Have a nice break Bruce…I’ll start catching up from the beginning.


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