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
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.