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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Composition
Michael Miller
1592574033
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Write the songs that make the whole world sing. A step-by-step guide to writing music, this book shows musicians how to compose simple chord progressions and melodies, and leads them through more advanced compositional techniques and musical forms. Designed for composers of all types of music, it includes instruction on composing stand-alone melodies, using different scales and modes, themes and variations, orchestration, and composing for film, theater, and videogames.-Perfect complement to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Theory and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Songwriting-Includes a comprehensive glossary of musical terms, as well as an appendix of various computer-based composition tools-Easy-to-use oversize trim

About the Author
Michael Miller attended...


Understanding Jazz: Ways to Listen
Tom Piazza
1400063698
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Writing about music often seems a futile attempt to describe the ineffable, but this engaging primer on jazz appreciation proves it can shed plenty of light. Music journalist Piazza, author of The Guide to Classic Recorded Jazz, writing under the aegis of Jazz at Lincoln Center and with a foreword by its director, Wynton Marsalis, eschews a historical approach in favor of a thematic exploration of the interplay between the mechanics of music-making and their aesthetic effects. He devotes much space to the live improvisatory performances at the heart of jazz, examining the interplay between soloists and accompaniment, the use of chord changes as a harmonic "understructure," the employment of small modular "choruses" like the 12-bar blues format to build up larger musical structures, and the...


Computer Music
Charles Dodge
0028646827
July 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
This text reflects the current state of computer technology and music composition. The authors offer clear, practical overviews of program languages, real-time synthesizers, digital filtering, artificial intelligence, and much more.


Performing Music in the Age of Recording
Robert Philip
0300102461
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Listeners have enjoyed classical music recordings for more than a century, yet important issues about recorded performances have been little explored. What is the relationship between performance and recording? How are modern audiences affected by the trends set in motion by the recording era? What is the impact of recordings on the lives of musicians? In this wide-ranging book, Robert Philip extends the scope of his earlier pioneering book, Early Recordings and Musical Style: Changing Tastes in Instrumental Performance 1900-1950. Philip here considers the interaction between music-making and recording throughout the entire twentieth century. The author compares the lives of musicians and audiences in the years before recordings with those of today. He examines such diverse and sometimes contentious topics as changing...


Generative Processes in Music
John A. Sloboda
0198508468
Feb 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Where most of the literature in the psychology of music has focused on the processes involved when listening to music, little has been written about the processes involved in making music. Reissued by popular demand, and for the first time in paperback, Generative Processes: The Psychology of
Performance, Improvisation, and Composition brings together leading figures in music psychology to present pioneering studies of the processes by which music is generated. The book looks at the generation of expression in musical performance, the problems of synchrony in ensemble performance, the
development of children's song, rehearsal strategies of pianists, improvisational skill in trained and untrained musicians, children's spontaneous notations for music, formal constraints on compositional systems, and...


Study of Orchestration
Samuel Adler
039397572X
March 2002
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description
The third edition of this high successful orchestration text follows the approach established in its innovative predecessor: Learning orchestration is best achieved through familiarity with the orchestral literature; this familiarity is most effectively accomplished from the music notation in combination with the recorded sound. The text has been revised to reflect the most informed reactions to the first and second editions, as well as Professor Adler's revisions. For comprehensiveness, conciseness, and contemporaneity, The Study of Orchestration remains without peer.

About the Author
Samuel Adler is head of the Composition Department at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where he has been teaching since 1966. A composer of considerable repute, he is a...


Music and Society
Richard D. Leppert
0521379776
June 1989
Paperback
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Review
'Among the year's most stimulating reading material' The Observer
'This is an important book, crowded ... with new ideas and arguments that challenge many of our assumptions.' The Musical Times
' ... most rewarding ... As a collection of humanistic scholarship that amplifies the best sociological tradition ... it is highly recommended.' Contemporary Sociology

Review
"This is an important book, crowded...with new ideas and arguments that challenge many of our assumptions." The Musical Times

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Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination
Robert Jourdain
038078209X
March 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
What is music? How and why does it affect us? What is the nature of musical genius? Author/composer Robert Jourdain explores these and other questions, from the essential nature of sound through composition, performance, and, finally, the nature of ecstasy. His prose is eminently readable, offering a very accessible account of a difficult subject to the general reader as well as to the musical sophisticate. This is a fascinating and intriguing book, written by someone who clearly knows his subject. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
Synthesizing recent research from the burgeoning science of musical psychoacoustics, Jourdain, a California musician, provides a richly informative, exuberant, wonderfully accessible...


Theory And Composition Of Percussion Music
Geary Larrick
0773463631
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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Organ Music of J. S. Bach
Peter F. Williams
0521891159
November 2003
Paperback
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Review
On the first edition: '... obligatory for anyone concerned with the core of the organ repertory ... Dr Williams's writing has a rare vigour and confidence; its sheer authority makes for compelling reading.' Stanley Sadie in Gramophone
'... is, without doubt, the most important text on the master's organ music.' Classical Music
' ... there is no denying the stimulating nature of the content ... you will find much to stimulate, provoke, invigorate ... that is good scholarship.' Early Music Today

Review
"This masterful revision of a book first published in 1980 confirms Peter Williams's towering status in the field. The book is a wonderful reference and guide for the performer and scholar alike." Times Literary Supplement, Martin J. Smith

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The Topos of Music
Neil Cummings
3764357312
Jan 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Topos of Music is the upgraded and vastly deepened English extension of the seminal German Geometrie der Töne. It reflects the dramatic progress of mathematical music theory and its operationalization by information technology since the publication of Geometrie der Töne in 1990. The conceptual basis has been vastly generalized to topos-theoretic foundations, including a corresponding thoroughly geometric musical logic. The theoretical models and results now include topologies for rhythm, melody, and harmony, as well as a classification theory of musical objects that comprises the topos-theoretic concept framework. Classification also implies techniques of algebraic moduli theory. The classical models of modulation and counterpoint have been extended to exotic scales and counterpoint interval dichotomies. ...


The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis
Jane Piper Clendinning
0393976521
June 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis teaches the skills of complete musicianship, integrating theory and analysis in one comprehensive pedagogical program. The Musician's Guide Series features: The newest developments in tonal and contemporary theory and analysis A familiar core repertoire, revisited throughout the theory text in different contexts, that exposes students to a wide range of musical genres—choral and instrumental, solo and ensemble—from Western classical to pop and jazz An anthology of complete musical works complemented by professional performances on a three-CD set An extensive collection of written, aural, and keyboard exercises to reinforce key concepts


Text and ACT
Richard Taruskin
0195094581
Sept 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
Music lovers who have watched the "authenticity" (period instrument) wars of the 1980s and 1990s could be excused for forgetting that Richard Taruskin is a musicologist and professor by trade, not a professional critic. For it is as an essayist and critic (if not a professional gadfly) that he has made a real impact on American musical culture. Indeed, in early-music circles, and even in the marketing of period-instrument performances by record labels, the word authentic has been abandoned almost entirely--and this is due largely to Taruskin's impassioned arguments (and his ability to get them published in places like The New York Times).

Text & Act is a collection of Taruskin's most important (or, at least, most inflammatory) essays and articles on the subject of authenticity in the performance of 18th- and 19th-century...



Musical Composition
Reginald Smith Brindle
0193171074
January 1986
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Musical composition is a key discipline in music programs in conservatories, colleges, and universities. Many teachers consider it as important in the development of young musicians as listening and performance. It can be argued that through compositions musicians achieve the deepest insight
into the composer and his music. Musical Composition takes the student through the elements--melody, harmony, counterpoint, and rhythm--before covering a variety of special subjects such as writing vocal and choral music, accompaniments, and film and TV music. Chapters are devoted to recent
techniques including free diatonicism, serialism, and indeterminacy. Over 200 examples illustrate points in the text and there are exercises for each chapter.


The Art of Performance
Heinrich Schenker
0195122542
Mar 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
Heinrich Schenker's The Art of Performance shows this great music theorist in a new light. While his theoretical writings helped transform music theory in the twentieth century, this book draws on his experience as a musician and teacher to propose a sharp reevaluation of how musical
compositions are realized in performance. Filled with concrete examples and numerous suggestions, the book will interest both music theorists and practicing performers.

Schenker's approach is based on his argument that much of contemporary performance practice is rooted in the nineteenth-century cult of the virtuoso, which has resulted in an overemphasis on technical display. To counter this, he proposes specific ways to reconnect the composer's intentions and the
musician's performance.

Schenker begins by showing...


Hearing and Writing Music: Professional Training for Today's Musician 2nd edition, revised and expanded
Ron Gorow
0962949671
September 2002
Paperback
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Survey of New Teaching Materials, Jazz Educators journal
A myriad of practical information. Comprehensive ear training, important because aural skills are among the most overlooked in music education.

The Score, Society of Composers and Lyricists
A kind of finishing school for those who wish to pursue a career in composing, orchestrating, arranging or performing.

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The Muse That Sings
Ann McCutchan
0195127072
Nov 1999
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
These interviews with 25 composers are distilled to short, informal yet highly focused discussions in which almost all of the composers refer in some way to the academic serialist movement that has been scaring off audiences for 50 years. McCutchan (Marcel Moyse: Voice of the Flute), who conducted the interviews between 1995 and 1998, allows the voices of the composersAmost of whom live and work in the U.S. and were born between 1930 and 1960Ato come through with candor. John Corigliano explains that he composed his opera Ghosts of Versailles in colored crayons because he "wanted the color of the sound to change as a single line moved." On the relative importance of self-doubt, Bruce Adolphe, education adviser to New York's Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, says, "Doubt is a waste of energy when you're...


Meter in Music, 1600-1800: Performance, Perception and Notation
George Houle
0253337925
December 1987
Hardcover
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Nineteenth Century Piano Music: Essays in Performance and Analysis
David Witten (Editor)
0815315023
October 1996
Hardcover
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Review
"Almost every chapter causes the reader to reexamine long-held assumptions regarding both familiar and unfamiliar repertory-one of the best possible results of reading such a varied collection of perspectives."
–Notes

"[T]his textbook presents an aerobic workout for the mind that is sure to tone up flabby thinking...well worth the time and investment. You will find it a good read."
–The Piano Education Page



Book Description
These stimulating essays clarify theoretical concepts, debunk longstanding myths, and illuminate 19th century piano repertoire. David Witten writes about the importance of analytical, structural thinking for performing musicians. Nicholas Marston presents his translation with commentary of Heinrich Schenker's previously...


The Art of Performance
Heinrich Schenker
0195151518
May 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Heinrich Schenker's The Art of Performance shows this great music theorist in a new light. While his theoretical writings helped transform music theory in the twentieth century, this book draws on his experience as a musician and teacher to propose a sharp reevaluation of how musical
compositions are realized in performance. Filled with concrete examples and numerous suggestions, the book will interest both music theorists and practicing performers.

Schenker's approach is based on his argument that much of contemporary performance practice is rooted in the nineteenth-century cult of the virtuoso, which has resulted in an overemphasis on technical display. To counter this, he proposes specific ways to reconnect the composer's intentions and the
musician's performance.

Schenker begins by...

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