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Composing with Math—Classical to Avant-Garde

Lecture no. 10 from the course: How Music and Mathematics Relate

Composing with Math—Classical to Avant-Garde

Taught by Professor David Kung | 45 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Mathematics Courses

Sometimes composers create their works using mathematics. Mozart did this with a waltz, whose sequence of measures was determined by the roll of dice—with 759 trillion resulting combinations. Learn how Arnold Schoenberg used mathematics in the 20th century to design an alternative to tonal music—atonal music—and how a Schoenberg-like system of encoding notes has more recently made melodies searchable by computer.

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