Tag Archives: 12 tone

Music 368-370: Three Short Serial Piano Pieces

There are three new piano pieces HERE at this link. It will take you to another page with links to my compositions of 2021 – including the new piano pieces. Go there if you dare!

Some people like to know how some things are made, so for them these three pieces are based on the same grid made out of the same 12-tone row. If you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, it doesn’t matter. One doesn’t have to have the recipe of my fabulous rhubarb cheesecake to enjoy eating it.

To be even more obtuse, below is the grid from which the pieces are created. It is a composition “devise” created by Arnold Schoenberg and other composers in the mid-20th century. All 12 notes of the keyboard are played in a particular order and all are to be played before any note is repeated. Of course, these three pieces here “cheat” – who among us doesn’t break the rules when it comes to writing 12-tone serial music?

Thanks. Back to stories tomorrow.

Music 9: Cheers


Today’s little piece is a bit indolent. I often like to write “serial music”, that is (for those who know) in 12-tone rows, etc. If you don’t know what that is, it doesn’t matter. (Just take it that I’m a bit of a snob!)

I asked a couple of friends to give me 12 notes each, and this is the piece I wrote using those notes. It’s probably not everyones cup of tea!

However, here’s a toast – for this week I begin to collect the pension!


Listen to the music HERE.