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The New York Amsterdam News. We are opposed only to vagueness and haphazard speculation. Instead, syztem languished in relative obscurity.

This page was last edited on 16 Mayat They pulled together his unfinished monograph with parts of his correspondence courses. Any physical action or process has its equivalent form of expression in music. Schillinger had a profound effect on the world of jazz education.

Despite its length, it comppsition only a partial exposition of the system. During the s, he was amongst those who called for science to sweep away outdated practices.

Schillinger System

It comprises theories of rhythmharmony schhillinger, melodycounterpointform, and semantics emotional meaning, as in movie music.

His flamboyant manner based on extreme assertions is evident in his writings: Occasionally the text is deliberately provocative.

Schillinger’s celebrity status made him suspect, and his ideas were treated with skepticism. The Schillinger System might have served as a road map for schilllinger later developments in music theory and composition.

By revealing principles of the organization of sound through scientific compositon, Schillinger hoped to free the composer from the shackles of tradition. The Schillinger System of Musical Compositionnamed after Joseph Schillinger — is a method of musical composition based on mathematical processes.


His contribution was intuitively recognizing how to apply everyday mathematics to the making of fo. Views Read Edit View history. The techniques in the field of rhythm to some extent compensate for an imbalance in composition literature, largely dominated by considerations of pitch. His widow and biographer, Frances Schillinger, hired editors to complete and publish a text.

Yet another admirer and former student of Schillinger’s system was veteran movie composer, John Barry.

Schillinger System – Wikipedia

January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Languages Deutsch Edit links. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Both movement and music are understandable with our existing knowledge of science.

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. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Schillinger System of Musical Composition.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He did not finish work on the texts he hoped would advance his theories in the realm of academia.

Although the system is forward-looking, couched in an apparently modern form, it also clarifies traditional music theory by debunking misconceptions from the past. The uncompromising tone is due partly to the background from which he emerged.

This has the disadvantage of resulting in a treatise of great length and elaborate nomenclature. The thesis underlying Schillinger’s research is that music is a form of movement. My system does not circumscribe the composer’s freedom, but merely points out the methodological way to arrive at a decision.


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

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It offers a systematic and non-genre specific approach to music analysis and composition, a descriptive rather than prescriptive grammar of music. Furthermore, Schillinger pioneered advanced algorithmic compositional techniques long before the work of Iannis Xenakis and other later advocates.

Noted jazz swing composer Edgar Sampson ” Stompin’ at the Savoy ” was a Schillinger student in the s. Many of the techniques and procedures were later independently advocated by others, whom history remembers as their creators.

Retrieved from ” https: Schillinger House opened in and later became the Berklee College of Music where the Schillinger System survived in the curriculum until the s. His method remained difficult and obscure for the uninitiated. Schillinger rarely attempts to compositoin the aesthetic consequences of his system, but instead offers generalized pattern-making techniques, free of stylistic bias. He expressed the belief that certain patterns were universal, and common to both music and the muslcal structure of our nervous system.