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The Complete Musician


An Integrated Approach to Theory, Analysis, and Listening

Fourth Edition

Steven G. Laitz

14 January 2016

ISBN: 9780199347094

960 pages

In Stock

Price: £68.00



  • Focuses on music in context, describing composers' works and disussing how theory concepts developed through music
  • Presents an outstanding quality, quantity, and diversity of exercises geared toward real music and real music situations
  • Includes almost 4,500 musical examples from the common-practice repertoire and nearly 20 hours of streaming music, performed by the students and faculty of the Eastman School of Music

About the Author(s)

Steven G. Laitz, Associate Professor, Eastman School of Music

Steven G. Laitz is chair of the Music Theory and Analysis department at The Juilliard School and Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music. He serves as Director of the Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Center for Music Theory Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma and Executive Editor of Music Theory Pedagogy Online.

Table of Contents

    Part 1: The Foundations of Tonal Music
    Chapter 1A: Musical Space
    Chapter 1B: Musical Time: Pulse, Rhythm, and Meter
    Chapter 2: Harnessing Space and Time: Introduction to Melody and Two-Voice Counterpoint
    Chapter 3: Musical Density: Triads, Seventh Chords, and Texture
    Part 2: Merging Melody and Harmony
    Chapter 4: When Harmony, Melody, and Rhythm Converge
    Chapter 5: Tonic and Dominant as Tonal Pillars and Introduction to Voice Leading
    Chapter 6: The Impact of Melody, Rhythm, and Meter on Harmony; Introduction to V7; and Harmonizing Florid Melodies
    Chapter 7: Contrapuntal Expansions of Tonic and Dominant: Six-Three Chords
    Chapter 8: More Contrpuntal Expansions: Inversions of V7, Introduction to Leading-Tone Seventh Chords, and Reduction and Elavoration
    Part 3: A New Harmonic Function, The Phrase Model, and Additional Melodic and Harmonic Embellishments
    Chapter 9: The Pre-Dominant Function and the Phrase Model
    Chapter 10: Accented and Chromatic Embellishing Tones
    Chapter 11: Six-Four Chords, Revisiting the Subdominant, and Summary of Contrapuntal Expansions
    Chapter 12: The Pre-Dominant Refines the Phrase Model
    Part 4: New Chords and New Forms
    Chapter 13: The Submediant: A New Diatonic Harmony, and Further Extensions of the Phrase Model
    Chapter 14: The Mediant, the Back-Relating Dominant, and a Synthesis of Diatonic Harmonic Relationships
    Chapter 15: The Period
    Chapter 16: Other Small Musical Structures: Sentences, Double Periods, and Modified Periods
    Chapter 17: Harmonic Sequences
    Part 5: Functional Chromaticism
    Chapter 18: Applied Chords
    Chapter 19: Tonicization and Modulation
    Chapter 20: Binary Form and Variations
    Part 6: Expressive Chromaticism
    Chapter 21: Modal Mixture
    Chapter 22: Expansion of Modal Mixture Harmonies: Chromatic Modulation and the German Lied
    Chapter 23: The Neapolitan Chord (bII)
    Chapter 24: The Augmented Sixth Chord
    Part 7: Large Forms: Ternary, Rondo, Sonata
    Chapter 25: Ternary Form
    Chapter 26: Rondo
    Chapter 27: Sonata Form
    Part 8: Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Harmony: The Shirt from Asymmetry to Symmetry
    Chapter 28: New Harmonic Tendencies
    Chapter 29: Melodic and Harmonic Symmetry Combine: Chromatic Sequences
    Part 9: Twentieth and Twenty-First-Century Music
    Chapter 30: Vestiges of Common Practice and the Rise of a New Sound World
    Chapter 31: Noncentric Music: Atonal Concepts and Analytical Methodology
    Chapter 32: New Rhythmic and Metric Possibilities, Ordered PC Relations, and Twelve-Tone Techniques
    Appndix 1: Invertible Counterpoint, Compound Melody, and Implied Harmonies
    Appendix 2: The Motive
    Appendix 3: Additional Harmonic-Sequence Topics
    Appendix 4: Abbreviations and Acronyms
    Appendix 5: Selected Answers to Textbook Exercises


"The best book on the market. It has a superior balance of basic and complex concepts, terms, exercises, and examples." - Peter Susser, Columbia University"

"I love teaching out of The Complete Musician." - Don Traut, University of Arizona"

"The Complete Musician provides a more holistic approach to theory than other texts. This text will absolutely help students' performing abilities and how they approach and understand music." - Alex Nohai-Seaman, Suffolk County Community College"

"This text is comprehensive, extremely thorough, and sophisticated." - Jeffrey Loeffert, Oklahoma State University"