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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best, April 5, 2010
This review is from: Music in Theory and Practice, Volume 1 with Audio CD (CD-ROM)
as someone who learned harmony from Arnold Schoenberg's 'Theory of Harmony' and other very good books like Macpherson's 'Melody and Harmony' , I have found this book excellent. It is a very well-rounded book for undergraduates students and musicians who want to increase their well-roundedness in general music composition, regardless of styles. It comes bundled with a fantastic audio resource and the book has other optional additions, all very useful, like workbooks.

Also, I liked it's approachability, and the really good point of this book is that it spans illustrations from antique folk songs to baroque ,classical and contemporary music as well as popular music, so you will find his material varied and kept interesting.

Usually, the material of books that try to mesh and explain all these different styles, are very weakly assembled. It's usually a mesh of things explained without real expertise. Basically,you can't illustrate classical music unless you know what you are talking about, because the classical approach needs a special training, and the books about 'classical and rock' who try to 'illustrate it all' are written by average people who know nothing about classical harmony and composition. But a classical composer can easily write in any style, it's just a matter for him to figure out why things sound the way they sound.

This book, has been written by such very good teachers with a large teaching experience on their shoulders, who can ALSO teach about contemporary music or any music style for that matter, and it's one of the best book I know in it's genre. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: Jul 8, 2010 10:56:49 AM PDT
C. G. Stark says:
If a student is able to learn from these books, "Music in Theory and Practice" without difficulty then all the best to them. Perhaps the books address a different learning style. If the student does have difficulty understanding, they should be comforted to know there are alternative books available that may be easier to understand. I recommend the following books: Harmony by Mark Sarnecki, Harmony and Voice Leading by Edward Aldwell ad Carl Schachter, 16th c. Counterpoint by Knud Jeppesen, and Counterpoint by Kent Kennan. Arnold Schoenberg's Theory of Harmony is good. If students can get a copy of "Traditional Harmony" by Paul Hindemith, they can't go wrong. Walter Piston's book "Harmony" is widely accepted in the music theorist community.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2011 7:04:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jul 31, 2014 3:36:26 PM PDT
I disagree, the other books you mentioned are NOT easier to understand....in past years I have bought most of the ones you mentioned, except Sarneky and Aldwell. I don't think a book like the Jeppesen one or Walter Piston's are really any easier....quite the contrary. The Jeppesen is indeed a difficult book, and also it deals with counterpoint, not with harmony in general or homophony. 'Music and theory in practice', on the other hand, offer significant auditive help because of the CD, and it's definitely easier to study than the Jeppesen or the Piston, except for the 2 or 3 books that I don't know about yet
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