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For writing 12 tone or serial music, one generally makes a tone row, and then uses that for constructing a melody. I want to know what would be the maximum range of intervals between any 2 consecutive notes of the tone row, that will be feasible to sing/play?

For example, can I move from a B down by a major 7th to a C (if B and C were two succesive notes of the tone row)? Will this jump be ok for a singer or any instrument (especially wind instruments) to play?

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    General rule of thumb - keep it singable. Any really big jump needs a note after to be closer to the first note. – Tim Jul 7 at 6:07
  • Ok, that makes sense @Tim. Could you explain with an example please, to make it more clear? – Grace Jul 7 at 6:30
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    You're not locked to one octave when using the row. You can use B - C as a minor second. Rows are about pitch classes, you can get creative with the intervals. – Your Uncle Bob Jul 7 at 11:03
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    Following up on what Your Uncle Bob says, I've seen 12-tone serialist piano music change which hand plays successive tone row notes (e.g. right hand plays Note 6, left hand plays Note 7). – Dekkadeci Jul 7 at 13:52
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    One of the first twelve tone row pieces I learned at the university was Dallapiccola's Die Sonne Kommt, and the very first interval is a major seventh, B down to C (in the transcription for high voice). Not a problem with a little practice. vdocuments.mx/dallapiccola-die-sonne-kommt.html – Scott Wallace Jul 10 at 12:42

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