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The Complete Musician An Integrated Approach to Tonal Theory, Analysis, and Listening

ISBN: 9780199742783 | 0199742782
Edition: 3rd
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: 4/7/2011

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Beginning with music fundamentals, this text covers all the topics necessary for a thorough understanding of undergraduate music theory by focusing on music in context. The text links each of the tasks that comprise a tonal theory curriculum, explicitly connecting written theory (writing and analysis), skills (singing, playing, and dictation), and music-making outside the theory class. DISTINCTIVE FEATURES * Presents an outstanding quality, quantity, and diversity ofexercisesgeared toward real music and real music situations *Explores not only standard four-voice harmony, but also other musical domainsincluding melody, counterpoint, and a multitude of textures;the result is a text with applicability and relevance to all musicians * Includesalmost 4,000 musical examplesfrom the common-practice repertoire in the text and workbooks, more than 90 percent of which areon the MP3 files included on the CDs with text and workbooks(all music is performed, recorded, and engineered at Eastman) NEW TO THIS EDITION * Revised with beginning students in mind, this edition contains more basic exercises as well as solutions to selected exercises in the text. Longer and more difficult exercises have been moved to the workbooks. *Streamlined and reorganized with fewer chapters(31, down from 37), the text presents the most commonly taught topics in sequence and moves less-common topics--such as invertible counterpoint, compound melody, and motive (covered in chapters 15, 16, and 23 of the previous edition)--to the appendices, where instructors may access them when their curricula permits, or omit them altogether. * This edition offersa new presentation of fundamentals:the first three chapters provide a review and synthesis for students with experience in music fundamentals, and a 100-page appendix introduces key concepts for students with little or no experience. This allows instructors to choose the pacing that best suits their class and individual students. * New "how-to" sectionsinclude introductions to conducting patterns, sight singing, and dictation. * This edition presentsmore than 250 new literature excerpts and complete worksfor analysis and dictation, including new instrumental combinations. *New theoretical topicsof discussion include sonata-rondo. *New appendicesoffer further support: Appendix 5 coversterms and abbreviationsused in the textand Appendix 6 includesselected answers to exercisesin the text. SUPPORT PACKAGE * The new Companion Website ( provides instructor and student resources that include supplementary drill exercises. * TheInstructor's Manualprovides solutions to all of the dictation exercises, sample solutions for more than 250 writing (e.g., figured bass and melody harmonization) and analytical exercises, supplementary examples, exercises, and teaching guidelines that detail effective strategies for each chapter. * The two workbooks have been significantly reorganized:Workbook 1is now dedicated to written and analytical activities, including figured bass, melody harmonization, model composition, and analysis.Workbook 2covers musicianship skills. Exercises within each chapter of Workbook 2 are organized by activity type: singing arpeggiations of the chord being studied, then within a tune from the literature; two-part singing; dictation; keyboard; then instrumental application.

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