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The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory

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Thomas Christensen, Leslie Blasius, Robert W. Wason, Nicholas Cook, Thomas J. Mathiesen, Calvin Bower, Jan Herlinger, Rudolf Rasch, Penelope Gouk, Burdette Green, David Butler, Catherine Nolan, David Cohen, Cristle Collins Judd, Gregory Barnett, Henry Klumpenhouwer, Sarah Fuller, Peter Schubert, Albert Cohen, Ian Bent, John Covach, Anna Maria Busse Berger, William Caplin, Justin London, Brian Hyer, Joel Lester, David W. Bernstein, William Drabkin, Patrick McCreless, Scott Barnham, Jonathan Dunsby, Lee Rothfarb, Robert Gjerdingen
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  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521686983

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  • The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory is the first comprehensive history of Western music theory to be published in the English language. A collaborative project by leading music theorists and historians, the volume traces the rich panorama of music-theoretical thought from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. Recognizing the variety and complexity of music theory as an historical subject, the volume has been organized within a flexible framework. Some chapters are defined chronologically within a restricted historical domain, whilst others are defined conceptually and span longer historical periods. Together the thirty-one chapters present a synthetic overview of the fascinating and complex subject that is historical music theory. Richly enhanced with illustrations, graphics, examples and cross-citations as well as being thoroughly indexed and supplemented by comprehensive bibliographies of the most important primary and secondary literature, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.

    • The first comprehensive history of Western music theory to be published in the English language
    • Covers music-theoretical thought from the Ancient Greeks to the present day
    • Ample cross-citations, thoroughly indexed and supplemented by comprehensive bibliographies
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    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521686983
    • length: 1024 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 58 mm
    • weight: 1.34kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Thomas Christensen
    Part I. Disciplining Music Theory:
    1. Mapping the terrain Leslie Blasius
    2. Musica practica: music theory as pedagogy Robert W. Wason
    3. Epistemologies of music theory Nicholas Cook
    Part II. Speculative Traditions:
    4. Greek music theory Thomas J. Mathiesen
    5. The transmission of ancient music theory into the Middle Ages Calvin Bower
    6. Medieval canonics Jan Herlinger
    7. Tuning and temperament Rudolf Rasch
    8. The role of harmonics in the scientific revolution Penelope Gouk
    9. From acoustics to tonpsychologie Burdette Green and David Butler
    10. Music theory and mathematics Catherine Nolan
    Part III. Regulative Traditions:
    11. Notes, scales, and modes in Carolingian thought David Cohen
    12. Renaissance modal theory: theoretical, compositional and editorial perspectives Cristle Collins Judd
    13. Tonal organization in seventeenth-century music theory Gregory Barnett
    14. Dualist tonal space and transformation in the nineteenth century Henry Klumpenhouwer
    15. Organum, diaphonia, discantus, contrapunctus in the Middle Ages Sarah Fuller
    16. Counterpoint pedagogy in the Renaissance Peter Schubert
    17. Performance theory Albert Cohen
    18. Steps to Parnassus: contrapuntal theory in 1725: precursors and successors Ian Bent
    19. Twelve-tone theory John Covach
    20. The evolution of rhythmic notation Anna Maria Busse Berger
    21. Theories of musical rhythm in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries William Caplin
    22. Rhythm in twentieth-century theory Justin London
    23. Tonality Brian Hyer
    24. Rameau and eighteenth-century harmonic theory Joel Lester
    25. Nineteenth-century harmonic theory: the Austro-German legacy David W. Bernstein
    26. Heinrich Schenker William Drabkin
    Part IV. Descriptive Traditions:
    27. Music and rhetoric Patrick McCreless
    28. Form Scott Burnham
    29. Thematic and motivic analysis Jonathan Dunsby
    30. Energetics Lee Rothfarb
    31. The psychology of music Robert Gjerdingen.

  • Editor

    Thomas Christensen, University of Chicago
    Thomas Christensen is Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

    Contributors

    Thomas Christensen, Leslie Blasius, Robert W. Wason, Nicholas Cook, Thomas J. Mathiesen, Calvin Bower, Jan Herlinger, Rudolf Rasch, Penelope Gouk, Burdette Green, David Butler, Catherine Nolan, David Cohen, Cristle Collins Judd, Gregory Barnett, Henry Klumpenhouwer, Sarah Fuller, Peter Schubert, Albert Cohen, Ian Bent, John Covach, Anna Maria Busse Berger, William Caplin, Justin London, Brian Hyer, Joel Lester, David W. Bernstein, William Drabkin, Patrick McCreless, Scott Barnham, Jonathan Dunsby, Lee Rothfarb, Robert Gjerdingen

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