Definition of serialism in US English:

serialism

noun

Music
  • A compositional technique in which a fixed series of notes, especially the twelve notes of the chromatic scale, are used to generate the harmonic and melodic basis of a piece and are subject to change only in specific ways. The first fully serial movements appeared in 1923 in works by Arnold Schoenberg.

    See also twelve-tone
    • ‘This work, written in 1975, is closely derived from the slow movement of Rochberg's Third String Quartet - an important signpost in the composer's movement away from serialism.’
    • ‘These composers returned to Korea with contemporary Western compositional styles, techniques including serialism and genres including electronic and computer music.’
    • ‘He had bequeathed an enormous legacy, and had cast a great influence over 20th century music, with many composers having at least experimented with note rows and serialism even if they were not totally immersed in these techniques.’
    • ‘Although he was greatly influenced by his teacher's 12-note method he adopted a freer version of serialism, and some of his techniques deviate from Schoenberg's principles.’
    • ‘At the same time he was rapidly developing his musical style on the basis of Schoenberg's serialism, the rhythmic methods of Stravinsky and Messiaen, and Webern's tightly integrated approach to composition.’

Pronunciation

serialism

/ˈsirēəˌlizəm//ˈsɪriəˌlɪzəm/