Music: A Problem of Style

Was the traditional twelve-tone scale, Paris' newspaper Le Figaro wondered, "exhausted to the point where a new tone scale should take its place?" Or was it still possible "to discover new expressions and new harmonies" inside the old scale? In short, had musical composition become "a problem of vocabulary or a problem of style?" Last week, after mailing questionnaires to French composers to find out, Le Figaro had some answers.

Only one of the composers who replied thought the traditional scale was all washed up. Wrote 79-year-old but still rebellious Florent Schmitt: "The end of our twelve-tone system is inevitable . ....

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