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During the s, he was amongst those who called for science to sweep away outdated practices. For example, Composotion theory of counterpoint covers only two-part counterpoint.

They pulled together his unfinished monograph with parts of his correspondence courses. Despite its length, it presents only a partial exposition of the system. Both movement and music are understandable with our existing knowledge schilljnger science.

The Schillinger System might have served as a road map for many later developments in music theory and composition. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Josepj style can induce a resistance, appearing at times relentlessly dry, favoring algebra and music notation above words. He expressed the belief that certain patterns were universal, and common to both music and the very structure of our nervous system.

Yet another admirer and former student of Schillinger’s system was veteran movie composer, John Barry. He did not finish work on the texts he hoped would advance his theories in the realm of academia.


For all its rigour, repetition and challenge, the System was enjoyed and apparently used with great success for many years after its author’s death. Views Read Edit View history.

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Occasionally the text is deliberately provocative. This section does not cite any sources. The Schillinger System of Musical Compositionnamed after Joseph Schillinger — is a method of musical composition based on mathematical processes. Furthermore, Schillinger pioneered advanced algorithmic compositional techniques long before the work of Iannis Xenakis and other later advocates.

Any decision, which results in a harmonic relation, is fully acceptable.

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Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. His flamboyant manner based on extreme assertions is evident in his writings: It offers a systematic and musicao specific approach to music analysis and composition, a descriptive rather than prescriptive grammar of music.

Schillinger System of Musical Composition. Schillinger’s celebrity status made him suspect, and jusical ideas were treated with skepticism. Any physical action or process has its equivalent form of expression in music.

His method remained difficult and obscure for the uninitiated.

Schillinger System

This has the disadvantage of resulting in a treatise of great length and elaborate nomenclature. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Instead, it languished in josdph obscurity. Although the system is forward-looking, couched in an apparently modern form, it also clarifies traditional music theory by debunking misconceptions from the past.


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We are opposed only to vagueness and haphazard speculation. My system does not circumscribe the composer’s freedom, but merely points out the methodological way to arrive at a decision. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The New York Amsterdam News. Schillinger House opened in and later became the Berklee College of Music where the Schillinger System survived in compositipn curriculum until the s. The uncompromising tone is due partly to the background from which he emerged.


Schillinger rarely attempts to predict the aesthetic consequences of his system, but instead offers generalized pattern-making techniques, free of stylistic bias. Noted jazz swing composer Edgar Sampson ” Stompin’ wystem the Savoy ” was a Schillinger student in the s. The thesis underlying Schillinger’s jusical is that music is a form of movement. Webarchive template wayback links All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from January Articles needing additional references from January All articles needing additional references.

His contribution was intuitively recognizing how to apply everyday mathematics to the making of music.