A 12 tone row
Messing about with 12 tones. I know nothing about this but I vaguely recall a rule that says something like "No tone may be repeated until all 12 tones have sounded." Different interpretations of this rule can be conjured. I have not bothered to search the rules and it seems like a good enough rule to apply. And I like the limitations that this rule imposes.
One of the consequences of this rule is that the first tone cannot be repeated until the twelfth tone of the row has sounded. A strict interpretation of the rule means that the second tone in the row may not be repeated until the 13th (1st) has sounded again, and the result is an exact repetition of the twelve tone row. Quite an amusing predicament.
I'd like to stay within the boundaries of this self-imposed rule for at least the introduction of the piece, before bending, rewriting or correcting the rule as it must have first been stated by Schoenberg. An equally effective rule would be to only allow any note to appear twice until the twelfth tone has sounded. The result is the same atonality. This rule contradicts itself though, does it not? I may apply this rule upon the composition as I go. It may pose an interesting dilemma. Do you see the contradiction? The other way to approach this is to read the book, but this is more fun and interesting.
Anyway, here's a file for you to work with, beginning with a twelve tone row in three measures or simple quarter notes. If you'd like, you may use a textbook rule or devise your own rule and apply it to the development of the piece. You can edit your copy and post here.
I have my own solution to the problem that does not require any alteration of the rule as I stated it. I'd like to see your solution also. Let's alter the rules every few measures or sections as imagination inspires the conversation.