On the Dynamics of the Grundgestalt

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As well known, Schönberg’s concept of Grundgestalt equals the initial element of a piece with the piece itself. Here I provide an interpretation of the Grundgestalt in the light of dynamic systems theory and propose a compositional model based on that interpretation. I show that the model can generate music from the orbits of certain dynamic systems and I exemplify this by means of two combinatorial procedures. Lessons learned thus far, including links to a number of compositions,
are finally provided.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
Publication statusSubmitted - 1 May 2021

Bibliographical note

Submitted for publication in the Journal of New Music Research


  • Grundgestalt
  • Schönberg
  • generative music
  • Dynamic systems
  • Combinatorics
  • Philosophy


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