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Music Theory Resource Book

Harold Owen

Publication Date - February 2000

ISBN: 9780195115390

272 pages
8-1/2 x 11 inches

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Embodies a concise anthology of complete compositions, accompanied by thought-provoking discussion questions


Ideal as a core or supplementary text for the standard two-year music theory course and for graduate courses in theory review, Music Theory Resource Book covers all the topics typically studied in the basic music theory sequence. Concise and accessible, it features a basic anthology of musical examples--most of them complete compositions--from a broad range of periods and styles. Each chapter begins with these musical examples, which are followed by thought-provoking discussion questions that encourage students to learn through a "discovery" approach. A succinct outline follows the discussion questions, summarizing the principles of music theory for easy reference and review. Exercises at the end of each chapter engage students in a variety of analytical and practical tasks ranging in difficulty from simple (designed for all students) to more challenging (intended for students with more extensive backgrounds).
Music Theory Resource Book covers topics not usually found in standard theory texts including basic acoustics, contrapuntal techniques, jazz harmony, musics from non-Western cultures, and music since 1950. The musical examples represent a wide variety of periods and genres and include such pieces as a mass movement by Josquin des Prez, a Russian folk tune, a lead sheet for a popular song, a choral piece by William Billings, an Indian raga, variations by Beethoven and Brahms, a chromatic motet by Lassus, and an organ work from the 1980s by Messiaen. Bach, Schumann, Chopin, Mozart, Franck, Debussy, Bartók, Hindemith, Dallapiccola, Stravinsky, Crumb, and P:art are also represented, and other examples have been composed especially for this book. Several detailed appendices include profiles summarizing the stylistic traits and compositional techniques of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. Another appendix features a guide to figured bass realization, and a comprehensive glossary of terms provides a reference resource for students.

Table of Contents

    1. The Nature of Music
    2. The Physical Properties of Music
    3. The Notation of Music
    4. The Temporal Dimension
    5. The Pitch Dimension
    6. The Structural Dimension: Characteristics of Melody
    7. The Anatomy of Chords
    8. Music in Two Parts
    9. Music in Three or More Parts
    10. Altered Chords I: Secondary Dominants
    11. Texture and Variation
    12. Altered Chords II: The Augmented Sixth Chords and the Neapolitan Sixth Chord
    13. Altered Chords III: Third Relation, Borrowed Chords, and Irregular Resolution
    14. Modulation--Larger Forms
    15. Extended Chords, Added Tones, and Jazz Harmony
    16. Chromatic Harmony
    17. The Music of Ravel and Debussy
    18. Techniques Borrowed from the Musics of Non-Western Cultures
    19. Techniques Developed in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
    20. Techniques Developed in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
    Appendix A: Style Profiles
    Appendix B: A Guide to Figured Bass Realization

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