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  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: W.W. Norton; 1st edition (June 1943)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393097188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393097184
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By violee on November 13, 2010
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Do scales have to have 8 (or 7) notes? Do scales have to be in octaves? What are scales, anyway? Why does far eastern music sound so funny? Why is Arabic music "out of tune?"
How did it all start, and who made up the rules?

Eminently readable, this book goes with me wherever there's a chance I might have to wait. Turns out to be pretty much everywhere. There is plenty of technical material here, but you don't have to read it, much less learn it. Read what interests you. There will be plenty of that.

Caveat: This is not for beginners. Not that you even need to be intermediate, but you do need to have had some real life exposure to clefs and intervals - even though you couldn't name any of them. Anyone who has failed a music theory class would be comfortable with this book.
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You will definitely want to be well versed in music to understand this book. It is an incredible resource, but you want to have a musical brain before even trying! You will HATE this book if you know nothing about music and are looking for a light hearted exploration of musical styles of the ancients. This is hardcore musical theory!
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By Paulo Perfeito on February 16, 2013
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This book is nicely written and it approaches a broad scope of topics and different cultures... If you're curious about the beginnings of this beautiful art I strongly recomend it. One of the best aspects of this book is the fact that does not limit the advent of music to the west or to the few surviving written examples.
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Finishing the good stuff.
Content and comprehensive, ends in the best part, could have a continuation of the material.
Well explained examples, of various ages.
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