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My system does not circumscribe the composer’s freedom, but merely points out the methodological way to arrive at a decision. This has the disadvantage of resulting in a treatise of great length and elaborate nomenclature. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His method remained difficult and obscure for the uninitiated. January Learn how and when to remove this template message.

He expressed the belief that certain patterns were universal, and common to both music and the very structure of our nervous system. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

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By revealing principles of the organization of sound through scientific analysis, Schillinger hoped to free the composer from the shackles of tradition.

Furthermore, Schillinger pioneered advanced algorithmic compositional techniques long before the work of Iannis Xenakis and other later advocates. Instead, it languished in relative obscurity. The thesis underlying Schillinger’s research is that music is a form of movement. Although the system is forward-looking, couched in an apparently modern form, it also clarifies traditional music theory by debunking misconceptions from the past.


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

Both movement and music are understandable with our existing knowledge of science. His contribution was intuitively recognizing how to apply everyday mathematics to the making of music. They pulled together his unfinished monograph with parts of his correspondence courses. Languages Deutsch Edit links.

The techniques in the field of rhythm to some extent compensate for schiplinger imbalance in composition literature, largely dominated by considerations of pitch. Schillinger had a profound effect on the world of jazz education.

Schillinger System

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use compisition Privacy Policy. Views Read Edit View history. It is marred by a wildly uneven tone, at times neutral and objective, at times vehement and polemical. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. The techniques are tools: Any decision, which results in a harmonic relation, is fully acceptable.

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During the s, he was amongst those who called for science to sweep away outdated practices. It offers a systematic and non-genre specific approach to music analysis and composition, a descriptive rather than prescriptive grammar of music. 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. For example, Schillinger’s theory of counterpoint covers only two-part counterpoint.

Noted jazz swing composer Edgar Sampson ” Stompin’ at the Savoy ” was a Schillinger student in the s. Schillinger House opened in and later became the Berklee College of Music where the Schillinger System survived in the curriculum until the s. Schillinger’s style can induce a resistance, appearing at times relentlessly dry, favoring algebra and music notation above words. Any physical action or process has its equivalent form of expression in music. The Schillinger System of Musical Compositionnamed after Joseph Schillinger — is a method of musical composition based on mathematical processes.


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His flamboyant manner based on extreme assertions is evident in his writings: Yet another admirer and former student of Schillinger’s system was veteran movie composer, John Barry. Many of the techniques and procedures were later independently advocated by others, whom history remembers as their creators.

Schillinger’s System of Musical Composition is an attempt to create a comprehensive and definitive treatise on music and number. Schillinger rarely attempts to predict schullinger aesthetic consequences of his system, but instead offers generalized pattern-making techniques, free of stylistic bias. His widow and biographer, Frances Schillinger, hired editors to complete and publish a text. He died early from stomach cancer.