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Musical Composition Paperback – November 6, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0193171077 ISBN-10: 0193171074 Edition: 1st

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"Reginald Smith Brindle...is a composer who is also a brilliant communicator and teacher, and he provides just such a variety of suggestions and assignments....In this comprehensive but skillfully concise book, he addresses the needs of those school and university students 'not born with an intuitive grasp of "how to do it," who have a lot to learn [and] who need to be helped over the first hurdles....The range of examples is impressive: from Dowland to Dallapiccola, Purcell to Posseur--a wisely broad spectrum with a significant leaning towards the 20th century. Above all, Smith Brindle has the happy knack of being able to show, in a few words, precisely why a certain technique serves a composer's artistic purpose."--John Paynter, I usical Times


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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 6, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0193171074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0193171077
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Chittum on February 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a nice sketch idea of how to compose in a small ensemble or solo setting. the examples given are of good quality and obviously very thoughtful. I would recommend this book for beginning composers. The short chapters provide enough details to understand most topics. For a more mature developing composer, I would recommend Techniques of a Modern Composer by David Cope as well as 20th Century Harmony by Vincent Persechetti. Also, nothing really helps understanding composition than just studying the masters! if you need a good book to help you get started, however, this book definately fits the bill.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. Sullivan on August 22, 2002
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I highly recommend this wonderful book. I have used it myself to teach beginning composition lessons, and used it as a reference many times for advanced analysis and composition. It's a real down-to-earth read that can be absorbed quickly while retaining many great composition "rules of thumb". Only a moderate understanding of music theory is needed to grasp concepts within the book. Great exercises in the back of the book.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo H. Ferreyra on February 7, 2000
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This book covers almost every aspect that the composers are looking for. It is a book for composers indeed! It's a book of sound roules. Examine the techniques of the 20th century showing exactly how it will sound the work and how the parts will interact as a form.
Mr Brindle is a composer and that's why composers will welcome this book. It talk in the same idiom that composers want. It gives the harmonic and composition techniques but it shows the pourpose of it. The roules that he shows are taked from his own impresions and analisis,not from other books of theorics writers.
The contemporary techniques(Free pentatonic music,pandiatonicism,impresionism,polytonality, tonal contradiction,interval harmony etc.etc.) are stated very cleverly.
It has,also,a chapter devoted to choir writting that explain,as I have never seen before,this technique,and is so good that you think that the choir writting is easy after that.
I'm a composer,and I'm always seeking for good boks on the subyect of composition. This one will belong on my library forever.
ferreyramarcelo@usa.net
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By sabnizta on February 24, 2006
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This book is good if you only need to get some ideas about composition techniques in general. It does cover various essential topics and yet nothing is covered in textbook details. I suppose this book is not for learning to compose but for learning what is a composition and how it is actually done in various styles and forms etc., sort of like a reference book or dictionary. So, take it as it's and it's good enough for its purpose.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By H. R. Barrionuevo on November 25, 2005
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This book consists of short chapters that treat many compositional styles. It is a fine book, both, for a student composer taking lessons, or a beginner "self-taught" composer (if you are somewhat familiar with European "Classical" music styles (17th - 20th centuries). Also, it is a good reference. Unlike his earlier Serial Composition book, here, Smith Brindle considers many diverse styles; some of them, have much relevance to today's eclectic "compositional scene." I definitely recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rydubz on November 12, 2011
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This book along with the Russo book are a good starting point . I am a composition book nut . This book plays like most composition books with chapters on theory and texture .Form and other topics are covered . The best books for tonal composition is persichetti and The Lou Harrison book . The Dallin book and Ulehla book are also good for a approach to understanding modern music in a tonal sense .Youll need a backround in harmony and preferably counterpoint to get the most out of this book . Brindle suggests the self studying student accompany this book with a harmony book . For that the best are Schachter or Payne-Kostka , or Tchaicovsky if you don't have the time to go through one of those tomes .The Piston books are exceptional .Exept for his Harmony which is unnecessarily dense and technical .The Schachter Text is The cutting edge for understanding the harmony of the 18th and 19th centuries . The work of Lerdaul has made a big impact on modern music theory . This book is really easy to read among a subject that is often very technical .I would recommend this book with the russo book for begining composers .The russo book is very practical and tells the secrets of transformations .A composer who already knows about transformations and variations will find the Russo book would be elementary but even a experienced composers can get something out of the Brindle book . Its somewhere in between a coffee book survey and a more in depth book like persichetti .
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