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  • 56 music examples
  • Page extent: 196 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.26 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 781.2
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: MT6.C7895 N4 1996
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Music theory
    • Harmonics (Music)
    • Industrial management--France
    • Public officers--France--Interviews

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521499743 | ISBN-10: 0521499747)

  • Also available in Hardback
  • Published April 1996

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Since its original publication in 1930, Henry Cowell's New Musical Resources has become recognized as one of the few seminal technical studies to be written by a twentieth-century composer. In 1971, Virgil Thomson hailed it as "a classic." For this new edition, David Nicholls has provided an explanatory essay and annotations to Cowell's text. The essay traces the sources for the book and attempts to place Cowell's theories in the broader context of musical modernism.


Part I. Tone Combinations: 1. The influence of overtones in music; 2. Polyharmony; 3. Tone-quality; 4. Dissonant counterpoint; Part II. Rhythm: 1. Time; 2. Metre; 3. Dynamics; 4. Form; 5. Metre and time combinations; 6. Tempo; 7. Scales of rhythm; Part III. Chord Formation: 1. Building chords from different intervals; 2. Tone-clusters; Notes on the text David Nicholls; Henry Cowell's New Musical Resources David Nicholls.

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