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Models for Beginners in Composition represents one of Schoenberg’s earliest attempts to reach a broad American audience through his pedagogical ideas. The novelty of this book was its streamlined approach, which based all aspects of composition, including the creation of motives, the harmonization of phrases, and the construction of themes on the two-measure phrase. Schoenberg had gradually arrived at this method of composition through his teaching, and in fact, Models for Beginners in Composition was originally conceived as a course syllabus for Composition 105 at UCLA. With the help of his assistant, the pianist Leonard Stein, Schoenberg collected notes and pedagogical examples from his courses to create the materials for his syllabus. He published the book first independently in 1942 through the UCLA bookstore, then in expanded form through G. Schirmer in 1943. This newly revised edition of Models for Beginners in Composition is based on the 1943 Schirmer and 1973 Belmont Music Publishers editions. It includes significant commentary and incorporates many of Schoenberg’s corrections to the 1943 manuscript now housed at the Arnold Schönberg Center



 
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