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Guide to the Practical Study of Harmony

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Written during Tchaikovsky’s years as professor at the renowned Moscow Conservatory, this volume presents a clear and thorough introduction to the study of harmony. The great Russian composer expounded upon his views of music while he was in the full flower of his creative powers, offering students a chance to learn the discipline’s fundamentals from one of its great maste ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Dover Publications
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David
Mar 17, 2009 David rated it it was amazing
Vastly exceeded expectation. I would never rank Tchaikovsky among my favorite composers; nor can I think of a single moment in his music where the harmony is the element of genius: he writes great tunes, he orchestrates well, and he has a wonderful sense of dramatic timing. But this book is fantastic. Emphasizing voice-leading over root motion, Tchaikovsky very quickly gets students to the point where they can roam around very freely within tonal space; this is truly a composer’s text. The pacin ...more
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Nov 14, 2015 Kier O'Neil rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
I didn't even know that Tchaikovsky did a book on harmony.
Anyone who listens to his music knows that he has remarkably colorful music and this is a glimpse into his theory of how great music is created.
Must-read of classical musicians.
Richard Pohl
Jul 30, 2011 Richard Pohl rated it really liked it
Very interesting volume, though sometimes a bit inconsistent... especially some authors comments on voice leading found insightful. Anyway, it is less systhematic and thorough than Korsakov's guide...
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Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (Russian: Пётр Ильич Чайковский) was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. While not part of the nationalistic music group known as "The Five", Tchaikovsky wrote music which was distinctly Russian: plangent, introspective, with modally-inflected melody and harmony.

Tchaikovsky considered himself a professional composer. He felt his professionalism in combining skill and
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