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Emerson String Quartet puts atonality on display at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall / San Francisco Classical Voice

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While the term "atonal" may be most commonly associated with German expressionism and 12-tone composition, earlier French impressionists also deviated from tonality with techniques including nontraditional chord progressions and an embrace of exotic, non-Western scales. On Friday night at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall, the peerless Emerson String Quartet put these multiple meanings of atonality on display in a program of works by Debussy, Berg, and Ravel. 

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