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Treatise on Harmony (Dover Books on Music) Paperback – June 1, 1971
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But panning this work is nothing new. Here's Rousseau in 1752: "The study of composition, which used to require about twenty years, now can be completed in a couple of months; musicians are devouring the theories of Rameau, and the number of students has multiplied. ... France has been inundated by bad music and bad musicians; everybody thinks he has understood the finesses of art before having learned as much as the rudiments ..."
As a historial researcher of 18th century music I know very well, and intimately this period.
What makes this almost unusable is he tries to UPSTAGE Jean-Philippe Rameau. You simply cannot act like you're all this when you haven't written any book of your own on this topic, or ever wrote any music that would give this validity.
I find his off-colour remarks to be very distracting and very out of line when he had to simply translate it.
You can call it: Treatise on Harmony (commented edition), that would give this an honest description when you already see it.
For people looking to find a better translation of this book I will try to find one that is translated and doesn't involve comments trying to upstage a very important work of 18th century musical history (which was a basis of harmony for almost 2 centuries).
Having already a copy from our local historical book store, I feel the translation is unnecessarily clumsy. I'm not sure this person was entirely coherent on translating and making their off colour remarks.