Structural Functions of Harmony Paperback – 15 Mar 1999
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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.
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Schoenberg's book provides a unifying theory on these "romantic harmonic issues". In his theory, the chords/harmonies that correspond to a single key are not confined to the so-called "diatonic" ones, but many more, of almost equal importance, are included, justified as "substitutes", "transformations", e.t.c. These, along with the concept of regions (which is what modern textbooks refer to as "tonicization") provide a large harmonic "space" out of which the composer can draw, remaining in a single key.
Suggestions (rules) concerning voice-leading and resolution of these "extra" harmonies are provided, with many examples and analyses from the literature (ranging from Bach to Strauss).
Clearly, the level of the book is advanced. You should be in a position to analyze a classical-period piece before attempting to read it. Also note, that the organization is not perfect, e.g., there are places where a concept is used in passing before it has been presented/explained. This makes a second (/third/fourth...) reading of the book a necessity.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in these topics!
Otherwise, it's a worthwhile purchase for whichever music genre you're working in.
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If you ever want to learn harmony, better than the old system used in most proffessional placesget this book. It's truly an eye opener.Published 9 months ago by themusicbod