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Theory of Harmony

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Based on the third edition of 1922, this new translation of Schoenberg's largest and most important treatise is well-focused, expansive, reflective, and wittily down-to-earth. The heart and soul of the book is to be found in Schoenberg's vivid and penetrating digressions--they are the fascinating reflections of a great and humane musician.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 16th 1983 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1978)
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I've studied a lot of harmony before starting this one. What makes this book one of my top 3 books of all time is the philosophical discussions of everything, dissonance, consonance, progressions..even the whole "harmonic system"..This book has changed the way I think of music forever.
Marc Alan
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I swear to god I'm gonna read at least PART of this this time around.
40 Forte
What started as an attempt to codify a lesson plan for his music students, turned into a lengthy analysis of all things harmonic, melodic, and got away from him...but in a good way :)

More accessible than most music theory or harmonic analysis books, it has the unique feature (because it was intended intially for students) of asking for examples of each principle to be completed by the reader.

An excellent theory and composition book that takes everything from harmonic ch
Been "reading" this book for about 10 years now. Will probably keep reading it for another 40 years.
Grig O'
schoenberg's rantings and judgments could be seen as outdated and arrogant in many ways, but he always puts the craft first - in this sense, the work is a true musician's book for musicians.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 think of anyone not having something to learn from this (although schoenberg himself admits his half-academic findings not to be all his own), and it's his artistic way of applied thinking that makes it so compelling.

will be coming back to this one at least once down the line.
Machala Machala
Livro indispensável pra se entender a música contemporânea, seus antecedentes e suas possibilidades. Uma das melhores leituras que já fiz. Altamente recomendável!
Bíblia de Harmonia. Absurdamente pesado pra ler, mas é uma aula incrível.
Pior é depois de ler tudo isso continuar usando os mesmos 4 acorde. :D
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Recommends it for: teaching helps music
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He was an Austrian composer, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. He used the spelling Schönberg until after his move to the United States in 1934 (Steinberg 1995, 463), whereupon he altered it to Schoenberg "in deference to American practice" (Foss 1951, 401), though one writer claims he made the change a year earlier (Ross ...more
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“[If] it were possible to watch composing in the same way that one can watch painting, if composers could have _ateliers_ as did painters, then it would be clear how superfluous the music theorist is and how he is just as harmful as the art academies.” 4 likes
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