This introductory textual content for college students covers the entire most crucial features of serial composition, together with complete dialogue of such themes as melody writing, twelve-note concord, polyphonic writing, varieties, stylistic components, avant-garde concepts, and loose twelve-note composition. The author's purpose is to prevent a pedantic exposition of serial rules and to incorporate many technical info that are additionally legitimate in non serial contexts, being the typical estate of up to date musical languages. Richard Smith Brindle (born 1917) is a local of Lancashire. He studied on the collage university of North Wales, Bangor, in Rome on the Academia di Santa Cecilia, and in Florence privately with Dallapiccola. His personal song is stimulated via he Italian avant-garde university of berio, Maderna, non, and others. From 1970 till his retirement in 1985 he used to be Professor of track on the collage of Surrey.