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Harmonic Experience: Tonal Harmony from Its Natural Origins to Its Modern Expression

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An exploration of musical harmony from its ancient fundamentals to its most complex modern progressions, addressing how and why it resonates emotionally and spiritually in the individual.

W. A. Mathieu, an accomplished author and recording artist, presents a way of learning music that reconnects modern-day musicians with the source from which music was originally generate
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Hardcover, 576 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Inner Traditions
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Jeff
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great book and one you can read at many levels. If you're a relative novice when it comes to music theory like me then the first part of the book (~130 pages) is likely to be the only part that is valuable to you on your first read through since the rest will go over your head (at least it went over mine), but even the first part by itself is a good enough reason to read this book. It is the best explanation I've ever seen for what makes music WORK. I can tell that there's a lot to gai ...more
Derek Martin
Aug 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: musicians, music theorists, people who like the harmony of numbers
I have not finished this book. This book is amazing. The author studied Western Classical music, jazz and finally Classical Indian music with high-level instructors. This book explains just intonation and the theory of Indian music better than any book I have found. This book made music and why it works make logical sense to me, instead of it just being something I accepted. I only read the first few chapters of the book. It goes into much more detail. I need to pick this one up again. I'm sure ...more
Chris
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Amazing book, years of work to get through. Really interesting look at eastern and western harmony.
David V Montoya
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE book on harmonic understanding. A must for composers in particular but an amazing reference for all who want to understand music better.
Jatniel Delgado
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are a musician, this is for you to sink into. The textbook on how harmony works.
Micah
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Biblical.
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I thought I understood music before I read this, but I was wrong.
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