A New Use of the Basic Mathematical Idea of Twelve-Tone Music

Ward Douglas Maurer
Bridges London: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2006)
Pages 135–136


We here briefly describe a collection of pieces which we have written, and which have been performed for large audiences, in which mathematics is used. Specifically, every one of the 12 major chords, and every one of the 12 minor chords, appears in each of these pieces. We argue that this is a more pleasing use of the number 12 in music than the twelve-tone system of Schönberg.