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Posted April 30, 2004
A theorist writing for other theorists!!!
Don't get me wrong, this book has a lot of great information, but the 26-page introduction is incredibly dense and uses hundreds of unnecessarily large and uncommon words. Berry also 'invents' many of his own theoretical terms (which never helps). After the introduction the language gets a little bit more down to earth but you'd better already have a firm grasp of music if you want to gain anything from this treatise. The most valuable things in this book are contained in the last two chapters (about 225 pages). These chapters go where no other theory texts have gone before. They explore the theory and analysis of texture and rhythm & meter. All in all, this book is worth reading if you are dead serious about becoming a great composer or theorist...otherwise, stay away!
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