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"Joseph Matthias Hauer (1883–1959) stood as a lone wolf in opposition to Schönberg. He claimed to have experimented with the twelve-tone series before Schönberg. Hauer worked with 44 basic patterns out of the 479,001,600 possibilities of combining the twelve tones. The soft, mystic tone of his musical language was based on the conviction that music is "mathematics in its highest sense" and that atonal music represents the "personification of absolute melodic objectivity". Hauer spent the end of his life in Vienna, half-forgotten, a recluse, misunderstood and outcast." — From the liner notes to the record entitled "Wirkung der Neuen Wiener Schule im Lied" (Odeon EMI Electrola 1 C 065-02 677) — Notes by Karl Schumann, translation into English by E.D. Echols, correction of typo by Yours Truly (anonymous).