Theory of Harmony

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University of California Press, 1983 - Music - 440 pages
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This book will come as a joy, a revelation, a warm reassurance. From this one book one might well learn less about harmony than about form, about aesthetics, even about life. Some will accuse Schoenberg of not concentrating on the topic at hand, but such an accusation, though well-founded, would miss the point of Theory of Harmony, because the heart and soul of the book is to be found in his vivid and penetrating digressions. They are the fascinating reflections of a great and humane musician who was a born writer as well. - from the book.
  

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User Review  - Grig O' - Goodreads

schoenberg's rantings and judgments could be seen as outdated and arrogant in many ways, but he always puts the craft first - in this sense, the work is a true musician's book for musicians. i can't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joseph - Goodreads

Been "reading" this book for about 10 years now. Will probably keep reading it for another 40 years. Read full review

Contents

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION I
1
THEORY OR SYSTEM OF PRESENTATION?
7
THE METHOD OF TEACHING HARMONY
13
THE MAJOR MODE AND THE DIATONIC
23
THE MINOR MODE
95
CONNECTION OF CHORDS THAT HAVE
112
FREER TREATMENT OF VII IN MAJOR
146
RHYTHM TAKT AND HARMONY
202
AT THE FRONTIERS OF TONALITY More about
238
MODULATION TO THE Ilnd Vth AND Vlth
268
CHORALE HARMONIZATION
286
XVn NONHARMONIC TONES
309
A FEW REMARKS CONCERNING NINTH
345
THE WHOLETONE SCALE AND RELATED
390
AESTHETIC EVALUATION OF CHORDS WITH
411
TOPICAL INDEX
435

RELATIONSHIP TO THE MINOR SUB
222

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About the author (1983)

An American of Austrian birth, Arnold Schoenberg composed initially in a highly developed romantic style but eventually turned to painting and expressionism. At first he was influenced by Richard Wagner and tried to write in a Wagnerian style. He attracted the attention of Alban Berg and Anton von Webern, with whom he created a new compositional method based on using all 12 half-steps in each octave as an organizing principle, the so-called 12-tone technique. His importance to the development of twentieth-century music is incredible, but the music he composed using this new method is not easily accessible to most concertgoers.

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