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Designed for a course in twenty-first-century techniques and analysis, this text offers a clear, comprehensive introduction to the basic concepts of post-tonal theory. Each concept is clearly explained and richly illustrated with examples from the musical literature. The text contains model analyses as well as carefully graduated exercises that involve playing, singing, composing, and analyzing.
The third edition stays abreast of recent theoretical developments by including discussions of transformational networks and graphs, contour theory, atonal voice leading, triadic post-tonality (including neotonality), inversional symmetry, and interval cycles. As a result, this text is not only a primer of basic concepts but also an introduction to the current state of post-tonal theory, with its rich array of theoretical concepts and analytical tools.
The third edition also features a wide range of composers and musical styles. Although the "classical" prewar repertoire of music by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok, Webern, and Berg still comprises the musical core, theoretical concepts are now also illustrated with music by Adams, Babbitt, Berio, Boulez, Britten, Cage, Carter, Cowell, Crawford, Crumb, Debussy, Feldman, Glass, Gubaidulina, Ives, Ligeti, Messiaen, Musgrave, Reich, Ruggles, Sessions, Shostakovich, Stockhausen, Varese, Wolpe, Wuorinen, and Zwillich.
Great book. It really broke everything down well but could be a bit wordy at times.Published 5 months ago by Alex Price
This is pretty much THE book on post-tonal theory. It's clear and concise, and there are more than enough examples and exercises to help any dedicated student to learn the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Adam E. Shanley
As much as I think Set theory is...... well... leaves me asking why I care and causes me to dislike the seeming pointlessness of much post-tonal music. Read morePublished 10 months ago by matthew burke
It's expensive but the author is really clear in explaining things and is very succinct as well. I know almost nothing about music theory beyond major triads but managed to get an... Read morePublished 10 months ago by captain america
Too technical and not enough clarity in explanation of the 12 tone style. I went to websites that explained post-tonal theory a whole lot better than this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Crachel
I bought this after my undergraduate degree in piano because I had decided to "retrain" as a composer. Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Patrick