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date: 03 December 2021

moment form. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Music
Author(s):
Alison LathamAlison Latham

An avant-garde form dating from the 1960s. Its first exponent was Stockhausen, who conceived each individually characterized passage in a work as a unit, or ‘moment’. No moment has priority over another (even at the beginning or ending of a work), each is equally dispensable, and each is self-contained; they may be combined in a variety of ways often at the performers' discretion. The listener should concentrate on the present, the ‘moment’. Stockhausen's major work in this ‘open’ form is ... ...

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