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Tonal Harmony, with an Introduction to Twentieth-Century Music

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"The text provides students with a comprehensive but accessible and highly practical set of tools for the understanding of music."
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published June 10th 2003 by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages (first published January 1st 1989)
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David
Feb 28, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
How can I objectively rate this? I can only say that during one of the great carefree times of life (freshman year of music school) it completely transformed my understanding and appreciation of harmony. Props to Mrs. Derry, theory instructor at WMU school of music. (1991 graduate, bachelor's degree)
YunJin
Mar 04, 2008 YunJin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's not the most fantastic theory book, but it's pretty comprehensive and now i know hella shit. it makes reading other theory books a lot more fun.
Tamsyn
May 27, 2008 Tamsyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, music-about
Another college textbook I'll never part with.
Dan Studnicky
Oct 21, 2007 Dan Studnicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best/Only music theory textbook I've ever used.
Sophia
May 01, 2016 Sophia rated it liked it
one of my textbooks.
David Webb
Aug 18, 2013 David Webb rated it liked it
I use this text for my AP MusicTheory class. It covers all the concepts of written & analytical theory that are covered on the AP exam, so it makes sense---all the other texts I evaluated came up short in one way or another. My problem lies in the way the book is written. The author is an intellectual elitist. The style is wordy and pretentious. I find myself spending as much time deciphering the book as teaching from it. It is thorough, but not always clear.
Craig Pruitt
Mar 16, 2013 Craig Pruitt rated it it was amazing
Stefan Kostka has created an impressive tome of musical analysis and theory. While the books focuses mainly on the harmony aspect of music, it touches on 20th century music and lights the way for new discovery. The material is sometimes difficult to understand but I've found it helpful to read the proceeding chapter of the one I'm stuck on. It generally helps and I seldomly have to turn to the internet or other books for more information.
Joel
May 11, 2009 Joel rated it really liked it
This is kind of THE book, as far as I can tell. It's not organized in the most awesome way ever, but it for defs gets the job done. It's best used as a reference, I think, and in conjunction with, like, mimeographed worksheets or something.

Whenever I have a theory related question, this is the first book I pick up and it rarely lets me down!

Read it with a lover!

Marilyn Moreau
Apr 30, 2013 Marilyn Moreau rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
Not the most fun I've ever had, but what it does, which is explain and test your comprehension of music theory, it does well. The companion workbook is also great reinforcement.
Joe
Jun 26, 2008 Joe rated it did not like it
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Quite possibly the worst theory book ever compiled... it isn't worth your money and I apologize that you know this book.
Laura Gilson
Dec 15, 2013 Laura Gilson rated it it was ok
If you prefer a grammatical approach to music theory, this is your text. I prefer a functional approach.
Mary Willis
Jul 04, 2013 Mary Willis rated it it was amazing
Good explanations, well organized, plenty of exercises to support learning.
Dustin
Dec 16, 2013 Dustin rated it it was amazing
To be placed next to/in place of The Bible on your bookshelf.
Carissa
Feb 11, 2011 Carissa rated it it was ok
The worst text for teaching music theory to teenagers.
Dan Dartnall
Apr 21, 2013 Dan Dartnall rated it it was amazing
This is how I learned the basics of music theory.
Madison Dooley
Sep 02, 2013 Madison Dooley rated it did not like it
I hate theory.
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