Discordant Notes

I heard recently on the radio that since the 20th century, musicians have been adding more and more “discordant” notes to their music. Seemingly, the theory was that the harsh and discordant notes helped to emphasize and intensify the beauty of the harmonious passages.

What if you have a piece that has discord and appears to have no resolution? Does this make for an unsuccessful piece?

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“Not Talking”
Two people at odds with each other and there are no signs of a meeting of minds.

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The punch needle piece on the far right, puts the two figures in separate worlds. Does each artwork, like a novel, have to have a resolution within it ‘s structure?

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