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Fundamentals of Musical Composition [Paperback]

Arnold Schoenberg , Gerald Strang , Leonard Stein
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15 Mar 1999

Fundamentals of Musical Composition represents the culmination of more than forty years in Schoenberg's life devoted to the teaching of musical principles to students and composers in Europe and America. For his classes he developed a manner of presentation in which 'every technical matter is discussed in a very fundamental way, so that at the same time it is both simple and thorough'.

This book can be used for analysis as well as for composition. On the one hand, it has the practical objective of introducing students to the process of composing in a systematic way, from the smallest to the largest forms; on the other hand, the author analyses in thorough detail and with numerous illustrations those particular sections in the works of the masters which relate to the compositional problem under discussion.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (15 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571196586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571196586
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was an Austrian composer, later moving to the United States, and was leader of the Second Viennese School. In the 1920s, Schoenberg developed the twelve-tone technique, and his approach, both in terms of harmony and development, is among the major landmarks of twentieth-century musical thought. The extraordinary scope of Schoenberg's intelligence, and the often prophetic character of his insights, make his writings on music an indispensable source for anyone interested in the complex history of twentieth-century music.Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was an Austrian composer, later moving to the United States, and was leader of the Second Viennese School. In the 1920s, Schoenberg developed the twelve-tone technique, and his approach, both in terms of harmony and development, is among the major landmarks of 20th century musical thought. The extraordinary scope of Schoenberg's intelligence, and the often prophetic character of his insights, make his writings on music an indispensable source for anyone interested in the complex history of 20th century music.

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and extremely helpful 26 Oct 2001
By A Customer
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This book is an extremely useful introduction to the techniques of musical composition. It does presuppose a degree of technical knowledge and its usefulness would be improved if it made clear at the outset what level of ability at music theory the student is assumed to have. Nevertheless, Schoenberg's treatment is detailed and thorough, and it contains many helpful examples from musical literature to illustrate points under discussion. I feel that this book is best read alongside other works on musical technique so as to ensure that each section is thoroughly understood. When studied in this way the knowledge and practice gained are invaluable, and I would recommend this book to anyone with a creative instinct.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 23 Feb 2009
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as with any other textbook written by Schoenberg,this book educates the aspiring musician on technical,philosophical and practical aspects of music.
Contrary to what someone else wrote in some reviews,this book presupposes that the student knows solidly all the foundations of harmony. It's not a book for 'dabbling' in composition,it's a book for composers in the making. It requires careful study and review. An excellent book by a great teacher and innovator of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Master! 6 Feb 2007
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This book is brilliant for looking at how to compose, written by a great composer of the 20th Century. He taught in the USA and wrote a variety of books the seminal one being his 1911 book on Theory of Harmony where he set out his 12 tone theory. Recommended reading for all serious music scholars at university. One I refer to often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I hoped it would be. 10 April 2014
By Marek
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Very inspiring book. The idea of taking a small musical phrase and expanding it to form a larger structures is what I wanted to learn from this book about. Using it now with a couple of my students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent choice 16 Dec 2013
By Juanita
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Excellent choice for anybody learning musical composition. Great value for money, very happy with it. Arrived quickly and very happy with everything
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