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The Complete Musician: An Integrated Approach to Tonal Theory, Analysis, and Listening Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0199742783 ISBN-10: 0199742782 Edition: 3rd

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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 3 edition (April 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199742782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199742783
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Complete Musician offers a depth of theoretical training and analytical insight that its competitors do not. It has, by far, the best musical examples of any textbook available on the market today. The exercises, which incrementally progress from easier to harder, are highly original and just plain fun to do."--Reginald Bain, University of South Carolina


"The integration of composition, analysis, aural recognition, and performance is the best feature of The Complete Musician. It subtly reinforces the idea that a musician needs an understanding of each aspect of the musical universe in order to excel in any of its specialized areas. The Complete Musician trains music students to think like composers, which cannot help but make them better performers."--Ciro Scotto, University of South Florida


"The most comprehensive, musically intelligent, and easy-to-use music theory textbook on the market."--Stefan Eckert, University of Northern Colorado


"This title ranks among the very best of its kind. . . . If you want a thorough and approachable book that gets behind, or into the head (indeed, heart and soul) of composers whose music you've known; want to know how it works the way it does, and why; want to see the mechanics, an appreciation of which serves only to enhance your sense of admiration for their technique, then The Complete Musician can be recommended wholeheartedly."--Review from Classical.net


About the Author


Steven G. Laitz is Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He is also an Affiliate Faculty Member in the Chamber Music Department at Eastman. Dr. Laitz is the current editor of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.

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I bought this text to fill in the gaps in my knowledge of music theory after finding that it is used at several of the good music colleges.
K. Lee
I had read in the guitars forum on reddit that this book was a good read. well, if you did music theory 101 (and maybe 201) there is probably a lot in here to like.
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Well written, easy to understand, logical progression of information, lots of exercises with solutions and explanations, well supported by workbooks.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Skinchanger2 on December 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a self-taught and studied off Schoenberg's 'Treatise of Harmony' and MacPherson's 'Melody and Harmony'. The former is an unique and philosophical study in harmony, the latter a more common harmony textbook,but nevertheless very succint and well organized.
I also bought many other music books. In fact, I think I bought most of the ones that are comparable to Complete Musician: Tonal Harmony, Theory for Today's Musician,

pros:

1.almost 900 pages that cover almost every topic about musicianship: how to use motives, harmony, counterpoint, musical structures. All geared toward the classically inclined, which is what I prefer. Even though I listen to a lot of different good music, learning from classical is what I prefer

2.packed with a whopping TWO dvds that include dozens of AUDIO examples to refer to the ones in the text. This is so helpful. You can read the explanation about a certain concept, and then you just click on the audio file and listen back. All the examples are played by a professional orchestra! This is the best innovations I have seen in a music book, for years. What's more, the two dvds are included with the book.

3.very dense. This is a book that will go into minute detail about the various concepts. It's not one of these books that dabble with a bit of this and a bit of that but in the end explain all very superficially. Some of the topics are explained better than in any other similar books, e.g. the chapter about sequences was very detailed and hugely informative. Learned lots in little time.

4. all the DVDs are included in the basic price (which is a VERY good price considering the very high quality of this product).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Spoerner on December 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I used this in college along with a few others. I have studied Harmony from Shoenburg, Piston, Adwell, Laitz, and another Programmed Course whose name I forgot. This text is by far the most detailed and progressively topical. The amount of examples are ok. The best thing is that they present the subjects all hanging from the frame work of the phrase model. It is INDISPENSABLE to learn harmony in this way. Unless you are writing or studying special polyphonic forms like fugues of newer modern forms this is the only serious way to understand music. Most of baroque, classical, and romantic, post-romantic, and jazz are based on the phrase model. I recommend reading Piston's Harmony too which is the opposite treatment to harmony. Piston is wordy and loose, his examples more free and although he mentions the phrase model it is by no means so systematically elucidated. I do not recommend Piston to create a "working" knowledge of harmony. Observe these two authors treatment of the Sequence to get a good idea of what I'm talking about.
The only thing wrong with this series is that the workbooks are simply ok and more specifically the DVD's that accompany the workbooks and text are so poorly organized that it is impossible to use them correctly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Reynolds on September 15, 2012
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This is the most insightful, thorough, engaging, and inspiring theory textbook on the market today. If you really want to understand how all of the various aspects of music come together, this is your source.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Skinchanger2 on May 27, 2013
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This book has almost 900 pages packed with instruction about all aspects of music, from chord and root progressions to counterpoint and musical form. It contains basically all the musical instruction you would get at a music college and then some. It contains dvds with audio examples performed by an orchestra. It's brilliant. This is for people who really mean it with their learning, so it's not for dabblers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Lee on May 29, 2010
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I bought this text to fill in the gaps in my knowledge of music theory after finding that it is used at several of the good music colleges. It is easy to understand, clearly written, and comprehensive. Highly recommend this for serious music students.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Taylor on September 28, 2006
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...comprehensive, detailed but nevertheless succinct and to the point...the writing is a bit dry but after all it is a textbook.
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Well written, easy to understand, logical progression of information, lots of exercises with solutions and explanations, well supported by workbooks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Higdon on June 3, 2013
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Laitz has a pretty good textbook. This one has a number of typos and score errors that make some homework assignments infuriating, but everything is well laid out. Pro tip, the main Chapters of reading material are often very wordy. Be sure to look in the appendixes on the chapters you need to cover before reading through the whole chapter. More often than not I've found all the info I needed in a handful of pages rather than going through several chapters.
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