from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music Serial compositions.
- n. Music The theory or composition of serial music.
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- n. Music, especially from the 20th century, in which themes are based on a definite order of notes of an equal-tempered scale.
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- n. 20th century music that uses a definite order of notes as a thematic basis for a musical composition
serial + -ism. Calque of the German Reihenmusik. (Wiktionary)