Music Theory For Dummies

Birth. of. Music. and. Theory. From what we can tell, by the time the ancient world was beginning to establish itself — approximately 7000 B.C. — musical instruments had already achieved a complexity in design that would be carried all ...

Author: Michael Pilhofer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118054444

Category: Music

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Many people grimace at the sound of music theory. It can conjure up bad memories of grade school music classes, rattle the brains of college students, and make self-taught musicians feel self-defeated. Music Theory may seem tedious and unnecessary, especially since not many people can read music. Luckily, Music Theory for Dummies shows you the fun and easy way to understanding the concepts needed to compose, deconstruct, and comprehend music. This helpful guide will give you a great grasp of: Note value and counting notes Treble and bass clefs Time signatures and measures Naturalizing the rhythm Tempo and dynamic Tone, color, and harmonics Half steps and whole steps Harmonic and melodic intervals Key signatures and circles of fifths Scales, chords, and their progressions Elements of form Music theory’s fascinating history This friendly guide not only explores these concepts, it provides examples of music to compliment them so you can hear how they sound firsthand. With a bonus CD that demonstrates these ideas with musical excerpts on guitar and piano, this hands-on resource will prove to you that music theory is as enjoyable as it is useful. Don’t get discouraged by the seemingly complicated written structure. With Music Theory for Dummies, understanding music has never been easier! Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
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The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory

music. theory. into. the. Middle. Ages. CALVIN M. BOWER The chronicle of musical thought in the Latin world from the beginning of the Common Era through the first millennium of European history presents a metamorphosis of various ...

Author: Thomas Christensen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316025482

Category: Music

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The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory is the first comprehensive history of Western music theory to be published in the English language. A collaborative project by leading music theorists and historians, the volume traces the rich panorama of music-theoretical thought from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. Recognizing the variety and complexity of music theory as an historical subject, the volume has been organized within a flexible framework. Some chapters are defined chronologically within a restricted historical domain, whilst others are defined conceptually and span longer historical periods. Together the thirty-one chapters present a synthetic overview of the fascinating and complex subject that is historical music theory. Richly enhanced with illustrations, graphics, examples and cross-citations as well as being thoroughly indexed and supplemented by comprehensive bibliographies of the most important primary and secondary literature, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.
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Hugo Riemann and the Birth of Modern Musical Thought

Mickelsen, Hugo Riemann's Theory of Harmony and History of Music Theory, Book III (Lincoln: Nebraska University Press, 1977), pp. 33–5, admits to not having read it but nevertheless proceeds to reconstruct its contents.

Author: Alexander Rehding

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139436717

Category: Music

Page: 218

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Generally acknowledged as the most important German musicologist of his age, Hugo Riemann (1849–1919) shaped the ideas of generations of music scholars, not least because his work coincided with the institutionalisation of academic musicology around the turn of the last century. This influence, however, belies the contentious idea at the heart of his musical thought, an idea he defended for most of his career - harmonic dualism. By situating Riemann's musical thought within turn-of-the-century discourses about the natural sciences, German nationhood and modern technology, this book reconstructs the cultural context in which Riemann's ideas not only 'made sense' but advanced an understanding of the tonal tradition as both natural and German. Riemann's musical thought - from his considerations of acoustical properties to his aesthetic and music-historical views - thus regains the coherence and cultural urgency that it once possessed.
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Music Theory and Natural Order from the Renaissance to the Early Twentieth Century

Schenker , in his later work , privileges transgression : composers always ' hear ' beyond his theoretical predecessors , ' hear ' beyond the rules.29 Thus a striking formulation of the history of music : his theory of music is valid ...

Author: Professor of Music Harvard University Suzannah Clark

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521771919

Category: Music

Page: 243

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Explores the ways music theory has represented and employed natural order since the scientific revolution.
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The Oxford Handbook of Neo Riemannian Music Theories

Mickelsen, W. C. Hugo Riemann's Theory of Harmony with a Translation of Riemann's “History of Music Theory,” Book 3. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1977. Miller, Horace Alden. New Harmonic Devices: A Treatise on Modern Harmonic ...

Author: Edward Gollin

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780195321333

Category: Music

Page: 648

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In recent years neo-Riemannian theory has established itself as the leading approach of our time, and has proven particularly adept at explaining features of chromatic music. The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Music Theories assembles an international group of leading music theory scholars in an exploration of the music-analytical, theoretical, and historical aspects of this new field.
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Schenker s Argument and the Claims of Music Theory

In other words, in assuming that what is most important or essential in the history of music is beyond recovery by the empirical methods of the musicologist, and also in refusing to conceive of his theory as an autonomous or neutral ...

Author: Leslie David Blasius

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521550857

Category: Music

Page: 152

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This book provides a reassessment of the work of Heinrich Schenker.
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Music Theory in the Age of Romanticism

Ironically , the persuasiveness of such a claim will depend upon the methodology's 74 These views contribute to one of the more persistent misconceptions encumbering work in the history of music theory- a belief so deep - rooted that it ...

Author: Ian Bent

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521551021

Category: Music

Page: 239

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How did the Romantic era hear the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, or Berlioz? What did it make of the Eroica, the Fantastic Symphony, or the eerie song Der Doppelgänger? From many different vantage points this volume addresses this fascinating question. A group of writers, all historians of music theory, conducts a dazzling exploration of the way in which the Romantic era thought about music. They bring to bear on their topic issues from politics, gender, metaphor, intersubjectivity, cognition, and many other realms.
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The Music Theory of Godfrey Winham

( Thus there is only a glancing acknowledgment of the history of music theory in Dr. Winham's writings , and no sense of historicism . ) In this regard , the material in the archives is extremely valuable , revealing a range of ...

Author: Leslie David Blasius

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 069101227X

Category: Music

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This book serves as an introduction to the work of Godfrey Winham, an influential figure in American music theory circles in the 1960s. Little published in his lifetime, Winham left behind, at his premature death in 1974, a massive collection of notes: correspondence, unfinished articles, sketches for books, etc. These notes were transcribed and deposited in the Special Collections of Firestone Library at Princeton University. They cover a fascinating range of subjects: exercises in analytical logic, thoughts on the construction of a formally consistent music theory, studies of particular pieces, and an epistemological reconception of Schenker's analysis. In The Music Theory of Godfrey Winham, Leslie David Blasius attempts to synthesize the various aspects of the theorist's thinking into a single coherent, if unfinished, endeavor. Blasius concentrates in particular on Winham's attempts to define formally the basic terms of music theory, his axiomatic phenomenology of pitch and harmonic relations, his tentative steps towards an axiomatic phenomenology of rhythm, and his fresh consideration of the reciprocal relationship between theory and analysis. In so doing, Blasius gives a clear picture of the materials in the archives, particularly when they exhibit Winham's multiple attempts to come to terms with a specific problem. The volume includes a set of complete excerpts of materials cited in Blasius's text and an index for the entire collection. Originally published in 1997. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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The Work of Music Theory

This is not the place to analyze Truesdell's historiography in detail, as relevant as that might be to the history of music theory.11 1 only cite it as an example, albeit an extreme one, of a bias that can be found to this day in much ...

Author: Thomas Christensen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351539401

Category: Music

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This collection brings together an anthology of articles by Thomas Christensen, one of the leading historians of music theory active today. Published over the span of the past 25 years, the selected articles provide a historical conspectus about a range of vital topics in the history of music theory, focusing in particular upon writings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Christensen examines a variety of theorists and their arguments within the intellectual and musical contexts of their time, in the process highlighting the diverse and idiosyncratic nature of the discipline of music theory itself. In the first section of the book Christensen offers general reflections on the meaning and interpretation of historical music theories, with especial attention paid to their value for music theorists today. The second section of the book contains a number of articles that consider the catalytic role of the thorough bass in the development of harmonic theory during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In the final two sections of the anthology, focus turns to the writings of several individual music theorists, including Marin Mersenne, Seth Calvisius, Johann Mattheson, Johann Nicolaus Bach, Denis Diderot and Johann Nichelmann. The volume includes essays from hard-to-find publications as well as newly-translated material and the articles are prefaced by a new, wide-ranging autobiographical essay by the author that offers a broad re-assessment of his historical project. This book is essential reading for music theorists and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century musicologists.
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Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past

foundation for understanding the physics of sound production in all musical instruments and, not of less consequence, any acoustical theory of tonality. The most significant advances of rational mechanics occurred in the course of the ...

Author: Christopher Hatch

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226319025

Category: Music

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In recent decades, increased specialization has sharply separated music theory from historical musicology. Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past brings together a group of essays—written by theorists and musicologists—that seek to bridge this gap. This collection shows that music theory can join forces with historical musicology to produce a more humanistic form of musical scholarship. In nineteen essays dealing with musical theories from the twelfth to the twentieth century, two recurring themes emerge. One is the need to understand the historical circumstances of the writing and reception of theory, a humanistic approach that gives theory a place within social and intellectual history. The other is the advantages of applying contemporaneous theory to the music of a given period, thus linking theory to the history of musical styles and structures. The periods given principal attention in these essays are the Renaissance, the years around 1800, and the twentieth century. Abundantly illustrated with musical examples, Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past offers models of new practical applications of theory to the analysis of music. At the same time, it raises the broader question of how historical knowledge can deepen the understanding of an art and of systematic writings about that art.
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