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One of the most important books on contemporary music in the twentieth century Here for the first time is an orderly presentation of the harmonic procedures to be found in music of the first half of the twentieth century The author examines the nature of intervals in various contexts, discusses the modes and other scales employed in modern music, describes the formation and uses of chords by thirds, by fourths, and by seconds, of added note chords and polychords he deals with different types of harmonic motion, with harmonic rhythm and dynamic sand ornamentation, with harmonic behavior in tonality, polytonality, atonality and serial composition....

Title : Twentieth-Century Harmony: Creative Aspects and Practice
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ISBN : 0393095398
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : W W Norton 4th Revised ed edition 1961
Number of Pages : 283 pages
File Size : 994 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Twentieth-Century Harmony: Creative Aspects and Practice Reviews

  • Connoisseur
    2019-04-18 14:08

    Persichetti's book is easy to read, not too wordy and with great musical examples (all written by him). However, it is more of a survey of the 20th century harmonic techniques and it states facts, without presenting the logic behind them. It is not as nearly as intellectually compelling as Schoenberg's treatise and if you really want to understand the logic behind all the stylistic currents in 20th-century harmonic writing, the ONLY great book is Schillinger's SYSTEM OF MUSICAL COMPOSITION. Ludmila Ulehla's book is another great resource, although not of the same caliber as Schillinger's.

  • stevewheal
    2019-03-28 07:25

    This is an item I used to own, and to use often. It is unlike most other harmony, orchestration, and counterpoint texts that I know in that it contains only examples composed by Persichetti to exemplify each topic. At the same time, however, each little section also cites an extensive list of musical examples, including putlishers' names and page numbers.

  • Dcf
    2019-04-20 11:28

    This book is good for those who have some base in functional harmony and who want to understand the theory used in the construction of music in the first half of the 20th century. I don't think this book is intended as an introductory book on harmony at all. The author is clear and to the point. The book is well written and inspiring. Examples of topics include chords by seconds, all traditional tonal modes with several examples, mirror writing, added-note chords, multiple octave scales, clusters, 15th and 17th chords, etc. There are a lot of good examples taken from 20th century composers and some fun exercises at the end of each chapter to drive home the topics. I am very glad I bought this book.

  • Steve Vander Veer
    2019-03-23 14:10

    It's making me a better musician . . .

  • Milo Archreach
    2019-04-08 09:07

    Excellent resource!

  • bookfiend
    2019-03-31 11:24

    Amazing book. Picks up where my professors left off in college.

  • ItsMe
    2019-04-05 13:21

    A nicely written book about music theory; but this is not for the beginner. Lots of information presented in a logical and well thought out way.

  • Music Major
    2019-03-31 13:09

    This textbook is the most straightforward guide to theory I have come across. It very methodically goes through every element of modern "classical style" music, starting as simply as intervals, and making it's way through scales (with an emphasis on symmetrical and synthetic), chords (by thirds, fourths, seconds, etc), dynamics, embellishing tones, and key centers. The end of each chapter has a page or two of music writing prompts you can do to exercise the skills you just read about. I highly recommend it for anyone trying to learn about modern composers, or who is trying to become a composer him/herself