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Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory

by Joseph Nathan Straus

  • ISBN: 9780130143310
  • ISBN10: 0130143316

Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory

by Joseph Nathan Straus

  • List Price: $77.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 2
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publish date: 10/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780130143310
  • ISBN10: 0130143316
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Description: A primer -- rather than a survey -- this book offers exceptionally clear, simple explanations of basic theoretical concepts for the post-tonal music of the twentieth century. Emphasizing hands-on contact with the music -- through playing, singing, listening, and analyzing -- it provides six chapters on theory, each illustrated with musical examples and fully worked-out analyses, all drawn largely from the "classical" pre-war repertoire by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok, Berg, and Webern.

Considers three principal kinds of post-tonal music -- free atonal music, twelve-tone music, and centric music. Makes extensive use of transformational graphs and networks to present analytical information; and includes a variety of exercises in theory, analysis, musicianship and ear-training, and composition.

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