A Musical Companion: A Guide to the Understanding and Enjoyment of Music

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CONTENTS
BOOK I · THE A B C OF MUSIC
MUSICAL NOTATION
I · The Earliest Beginnings3
II · The Rise of the Art of Music5
III· The Growth of Musical Form11
IV · The Writing of Music15
V · The Development of Notation17
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC
I · Rhythm19
II · Melody21
III · Harmony21
IV · Timbre23
FORM
I · The Elements of Form27
II · The Fugue29
III · "First Movement" Form29
IV · The Rest of the Sonata31
V · Some Definitions and Technicalities33
INTERLUDE: Program Music36
THE ORCHESTRA AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS
I · How the Orchestra Began39
II · The Strings41
III · Wood-wind, Brass, and Percussion42
IV · The Orchestra Grows43
V · Keyboard Instruments46
VI · The Organ47
VII · Instruments of the Future50

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