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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This page was last edited on 16 Mayat He sysstem not finish work on the texts he hoped would advance his theories in the realm of academia. January Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. The thesis underlying Schillinger’s research is that music is a form of movement.

Views Read Edit View history. Although the system is forward-looking, couched in an apparently modern form, it also clarifies traditional music theory by debunking misconceptions from the past.

Og comprises theories of rhythmharmonymelodycounterpointform, and semantics emotional meaning, as in movie music. Schillinger System of Musical Composition. Noted jazz swing composer Edgar Sampson ” Stompin’ at the Savoy ” was a Schillinger student in the s. The techniques in the field of rhythm to some extent compensate for an imbalance in composition literature, largely dominated by considerations of pitch.

This section does not cite any sources. Despite its length, it presents only a partial exposition of the system. We are opposed only to vagueness and haphazard speculation.

Schillinger System – Wikipedia

Schillinger rarely attempts to predict the aesthetic consequences of his system, but instead offers generalized pattern-making techniques, free of stylistic bias. The uncompromising tone is due partly sysetm the background from which he emerged. Any decision, which results in a harmonic relation, is fully acceptable. They pulled together his unfinished monograph with parts of his correspondence courses.


Schillinger’s celebrity status made him suspect, and his ideas were treated with skepticism. It offers a systematic and non-genre specific approach compostion music analysis and composition, a descriptive rather than prescriptive grammar of music. Retrieved from ” https: Many of the techniques and procedures were later independently advocated by others, whom history remembers as their creators.

Occasionally the text is deliberately provocative. It is marred by a wildly uneven tone, at times neutral and objective, at times vehement and polemical. His widow and biographer, Frances Schillinger, hired editors to complete and publish a text. Instead, it languished in relative obscurity.

By revealing principles of the organization of sound through scientific analysis, Schillinger hoped to free the composer from the shackles of tradition. Schillinger’s System of Musical Composition is an attempt to create a comprehensive and definitive treatise on music and composigion.

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. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Schillinger House opened in and later became the Berklee College of Music where the Schillinger System survived in the curriculum until the s.

He died early from stomach cancer. The New York Amsterdam News. Languages Deutsch Edit links. He expressed the belief that certain patterns were universal, and common to both music and the very structure of our nervous system. For example, Schillinger’s theory of counterpoint covers only two-part counterpoint. Both movement and music are understandable with our existing knowledge of science. Yet another admirer and former student of Schillinger’s system was veteran movie composer, John Barry.


His flamboyant manner based on extreme assertions is evident in his writings: Schillinger had a profound effect xchillinger the world of jazz education. This has the disadvantage of resulting in a treatise of great length and elaborate nomenclature. My system does not joxeph the composer’s freedom, but merely points out the methodological way to arrive at a decision. 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.

Any physical action or process has its equivalent form of expression in music. His method remained difficult and obscure for the uninitiated. His contribution was intuitively recognizing how to apply everyday mathematics to the making of music.

Schillinger System

The Schillinger System might have served as a road map for many later developments in music theory and composition. During the s, he was amongst those who called for science to sweep away outdated practices. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Schillinger System of Musical Compositionnamed after Joseph Schillinger — schillniger a method of musical composition based on mathematical processes.