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Ideal as a core or supplementary text for the standard two-year music theory course and for graduate courses in theory review, Music Theory Resource Book covers all the topics typically studied in the basic music theory sequence. Concise and accessible, it features a basic anthology of musical examples--most of them complete compositions--from a broad range of periods and styles. Each chapter begins with these musical examples, which are followed by thought-provoking discussion questions that encourage students to learn through a "discovery" approach. A succinct outline follows the discussion questions, summarizing the principles of music theory for easy reference and review. Exercises at the end of each chapter engage students in a variety of analytical and practical tasks ranging in difficulty from simple (designed for all students) to more challenging (intended for students with more extensive backgrounds).
Music Theory Resource Book covers topics not usually found in standard theory texts including basic acoustics, contrapuntal techniques, jazz harmony, musics from non-Western cultures, and music since 1950. The musical examples represent a wide variety of periods and genres and include such pieces as a mass movement by Josquin des Prez, a Russian folk tune, a lead sheet for a popular song, a choral piece by William Billings, an Indian raga, variations by Beethoven and Brahms, a chromatic motet by Lassus, and an organ work from the 1980s by Messiaen. Bach, Schumann, Chopin, Mozart, Franck, Debussy, Bartók, Hindemith, Dallapiccola, Stravinsky, Crumb, and P:art are also represented, and other examples have been composed especially for this book. Several detailed appendices include profiles summarizing the stylistic traits and compositional techniques of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. Another appendix features a guide to figured bass realization, and a comprehensive glossary of terms provides a reference resource for students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195115390
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/10/2000
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,257,075
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Nature of Music
2. The Physical Properties of Music
3. The Notation of Music
4. The Temporal Dimension
5. The Pitch Dimension
6. The Structural Dimension: Characteristics of Melody
7. The Anatomy of Chords
8. Music in Two Parts
9. Music in Three or More Parts
10. Altered Chords I: Secondary Dominants
11. Texture and Variation
12. Altered Chords II: The Augmented Sixth Chords and the Neapolitan Sixth Chord
13. Altered Chords III: Third Relation, Borrowed Chords, and Irregular Resolution
14. Modulation--Larger Forms
15. Extended Chords, Added Tones, and Jazz Harmony
16. Chromatic Harmony
17. The Music of Ravel and Debussy
18. Techniques Borrowed from the Musics of Non-Western Cultures
19. Techniques Developed in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
20. Techniques Developed in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
Appendix A: Style Profiles
Appendix B: A Guide to Figured Bass Realization

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2000

    A practical and comprehensive approach to teaching theory

    'Music Theory Resource Book' by Harold Owen is a fantastic, creative approach to teaching music theory that emphasizes the development of musical skills that students can apply in a practical manner in any setting they choose, whether it be in the music industry or in graduate school. The book not only covers issues such as renaissance and medieval theory and notation in-depth, but also provides knowledge about MIDI note numbers and how to read piano-roll style notation in a sequencer -- this book has it all! It is so thorough. While this book would be a great book for a first-time student of music theory in a college or university, it is also good for people wishing to review (such as graduate theory review, a course I've taught). In addition, it's a fantastic review for those who teach theory and composition -- the chapter on notation (Chapter 2 - The Notation of Music) is something every composer should have at their disposal -- especially beginning composition students in a college setting. Especially useful for composition students (and all music students for that matter) are the two chapters on the music of the twentieth century -- the first on techniques developed in the first half of the century and the second on techniques developed in the second half of the century. Every chapter has something for everyone -- the chapter on 'The Anatomy of Chords' not only describes the type of chord nomenclature found in the typical college theory classroom (Roman numerals and figured bass), but also includes a thorough section on chord symbols used in jazz and popular music -- something all musicians are bound to encounter in the real world. As someone who teaches music theory, I've found this book to be a valuable resource. Too often, theory books use short excerpts to demonstrate a chord or principle. However, every chapter in this book begins with complete sections (and often entire movements) of musical works from the literature -- this helps to put the chord or principle being studied into context, something I find very important. I highly recommend this book.

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