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The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory

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Part of The Cambridge History of Music

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: May 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. Richly enhanced with illustrations, graphics, examples and cross-citations, as well as being thoroughly indexed and supplemented by comprehensive bibliographies, 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This first single-volume history of music theory in English is a significant addition to literature about music. [...] It should be part of all academic music collections" Choice

    "[This] work is an extremely valuable contribution to the history of music theory...the essays are of high quality, and the scholarship is impeccable...Nearly every reader will find something of value herein. The book can serve both as a reference work and as a snapshot of current theoretical opinion. It belongs on the shelf of every scholar who has a serious interest in music theory and its development." Isis

    This remarkable book not only offers the reader a detailed account of the entire history of theoretical writing about Western music from the ancient Greeks to modern times, but also provides an incisive critique of the original objectives and ultimate significance of such writing. The various contributors are all specialists well able to encapsulate as well as clarify the essence of complex materials. In addition, the excellent selection of plates, tables and examples, coupled with comprehensive bibliographies, provides rich and vivid contexts for subject-matter that is never merely abstract, but satisfyingly linked to the particulars of musical works. All teachers, researchers and students who take music seriously will find The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory enormously stimulating.--Arnold Whittall, Professor Emeritus of Music Theory & Analysis, King's College London

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    • Date Published: May 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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