12 tone system is a set of rules that is invented by Schoenberg to be able to make new experiments on music. After musicians believed that the tonality had finished its possibilities of new experiments, there were some efforts to enable that. Strauss came up with atonality that the music is neither major nor minor. However, compared to 12-tone-system, atonality is very easy to listen...
Schoenberg’s 12 tone system has a written set of rules. This music didn’t develop naturally. For example; Classical Era is also structured by the composers to enable its understandability. Of course, we can enjoy the classical era’s pieces now, and it is the name-holder of the entire music genre. 12-tone-music, although it was very popular at the time and people very excepted it, Schoenberg would be surprised that non of us listen 12-tone-music. He thought he was one of the Second Viennese School composer, comparing himself with Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven whom we still listen, enjoy and be surprised.
12-tone-technique is all about the equity of notes. No note should be at primary importance. To avoid emphasizing one note, all the other 11 tone should be used before. Therefore, there is no note heard repetitively. There are a lot of rules how you make this series, develop them, make chords and etc.
In his earlier works, we see that he is completely established the rules, e.g. Op.23 5 Pieces No.5 and Wind Quartet, Op.26. But in Op.33a and Op.33b we see it systematically.
While listening to Op.33a, I cannot feel any feeling. It is definitely a lot different from ‘’The Rite of Spring’’ or other hard to appreciate pieces. I am not sure if listening repetitively will make me understand the piece. I can appretiate the tone-row system in opera, since each tone-row gives specific character to the role and not all of the characters should have a melody in real life. However, in a piece, it gives me nothing but a scientific discovery. There is no feeling in it, it is just one way of doing music.
Equality shouldn’t be expressed and sound like this. It is really interesting that modern piece ans style like this lead me thinking that maybe absolute equality is not possible and not even that good after all. In order to avoid caos, we need at least few repetitive notes that will settle our ears.