I am hoping to do some statistical analysis on 12-tone rows that have been employed in practice, and for this I'm looking for as large as possible a database.

Currently I am only aware of the 160 something rows on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tone_rows_and_series) and a humdrum archive of rows from Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern (http://www.ccarh.org/publications/data/humdrum/tonerow/).

But given the prevalence of serial composition in (especially American) academic music for so many years mid-century, I have hopes that there's much more out there!!

Many thanks for pointers to any relevant resources!!


You might check out the online database by Harald Fripertinger and Peter Lackner here.

There's also a search page here.

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    Can you give us some more information? Where was this article published? – Richard Sep 5 '16 at 23:21
  • I believe aparente001 is referring to this work: homepage.uni-graz.at/de/haraldfripertinger/… (The paper in the Journal of mathematics and music is probably more complete, but i can't currently access...) Parts of this are interesting and relevant to me in what aspects of rows to analyze, but right now I am looking for a database of tone rows used In practice, not just existing in theory (there are only !11, easily enumerated). – Badam Baplan Sep 6 '16 at 7:29
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    Not sure if this will help, but Fripertinger has a home page where he links to a "database": math047129.uni-graz.at/fripertinger/db. I suppose you've already googled this up down and sideways? In addition, it looks like Fripertinger would be someone to write to, to see if he has any additional suggestions. Also I suggest you look at his papers -- try interlibrary loan. – aparente001 Sep 6 '16 at 18:48
  • No this is actually great! I had visited the database before but had missed this search page (, where you can get 1373 rows with an empty query :) hehe, thank you for posting or i wouldn't have revisited more carefully. Will leave the question open for a bit in case someone else wants to offer more resources, but this is extremely helpful. – Badam Baplan Sep 7 '16 at 0:29
  • but maybe you could edit your answer for completeness (and convenience?) – Badam Baplan Sep 7 '16 at 0:30

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