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Schillinger’s celebrity status made him suspect, and his ideas were treated with skepticism.

Schillinger System – Wikipedia

He expressed the belief that certain patterns were universal, and common to both music and the very structure of our nervous system. Any decision, which results in a harmonic relation, is fully acceptable. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The New York Amsterdam News. The techniques are tools: We are opposed only to vagueness and haphazard speculation. By revealing principles of the organization of sound through scientific analysis, Schillinger hoped to free the composer from the shackles of tradition.

Schillinger System of Musical Composition. For example, Schillinger’s theory of counterpoint covers only two-part counterpoint. The uncompromising tone is due partly to the background from which he emerged. His flamboyant manner based on extreme assertions is evident in his writings: Schillinger House opened in and later became the Berklee College of Music where the Schillinger System survived in the curriculum until the s.


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Although the system is forward-looking, couched in an apparently modern form, it also clarifies traditional music theory by debunking misconceptions from the past. It is marred by a wildly uneven tone, at times neutral and objective, at times vehement and polemical. Occasionally the text is deliberately provocative. Views Read Edit View history. Yet another admirer and former student of Schillinger’s system was veteran sysstem composer, John Barry.

The techniques in the compositio of rhythm to some extent compensate for an imbalance in composition literature, largely dominated by considerations of pitch.

Both movement and music are understandable with our existing knowledge of science.

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His contribution was intuitively recognizing how to apply everyday mathematics to the making of music. The Schillinger System might have served as a road map for many later developments in music theory and composition.

Schillinger System

This has the disadvantage of resulting in a treatise of great length and elaborate nomenclature. His method remained difficult and obscure for the uninitiated. The Schillinger System of Musical Compositionnamed after Joseph Schillinger — is a method of musical composition based on mathematical processes.


Despite its length, it presents only a partial exposition of the system. It comprises theories of rhythmharmonymelodycounterpointform, and semantics emotional meaning, as in movie music. He died early from stomach cancer. Retrieved from ” https: Noted jazz swing composer Edgar Sampson ” Stompin’ at the Savoy ” was a Schillinger student in the s.

Schillinger’s System of Musical Composition is an attempt to create a comprehensive and definitive treatise on music and number.

They pulled together his unfinished monograph with parts of his correspondence courses. Furthermore, Schillinger pioneered advanced algorithmic compositional techniques long before systeem work of Iannis Xenakis and other later advocates. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

His widow and biographer, Frances Schillinger, hired editors to complete and publish a text. The thesis underlying Schillinger’s research 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.