Harmony Theory: A Bibliography

Harmony Theory: A Bibliography

Harmony Theory: A Bibliography

Harmony Theory: A Bibliography

Synopsis

Presenting detailed bibliographic information on all aspects of harmony in music, with the broadest possible historical and stylistic palette, this work includes over 2,600 total citations. The sources range from treatises, dissertations, and textbooks to journal articles and book reviews, and are cross-referenced and indexed. This is the most complete bibliographic reference guide of its kind on harmony. Including harmony-related materials from the Baroque period through the present day, the work contains chapters devoted to book-length treatises and their related citations, a general bibliography comprised mostly of journal articles, and an index. Of interest to music theory instructors, undergraduate and graduate students of music theory, and researchers, this is the second in a series of music theory reference books; the first, Orchestration Theory: A Bibliography, was published by Greenwood Press in 1996.

Excerpt

Harmony Theory: A Bibliography is designed to present as complete bibliographic information as possible about all aspects of chord theory, tonality, and harmonic usage by individual composers, with the broadest possible historical and stylistic palette. With such a large scope, some limitations had to be made in order to keep the book down to a reasonable size -- for the most part, neither treatises from before 1700 or Masters theses are included. The book is divided into four principal sections: (1) "Harmony Treatises (A-L)"; (2) "Harmony Treatises (M-Z)"; (3) "General Bibliography"; and (4) "Index."

Both "Harmony Treatises" chapters include publication, original language, English translation, reprint, and bibliographic information for general harmony books, jazz harmony books, and dissertations which deal with harmony in a significant way. Books which deal in a smaller and sometimes less complete way with harmony will not be found in this chapter, but can be located in the "General Bibliography." All treatises included in the "Harmony Treatises" chapters are listed in alphabetical order, based on the author's name. A number of treatises which were substantially revised at some point are included in both forms. Note that the only periodical articles included in "Harmony Treatises" are those which refer specifically to treatises contained in the chapter, generally, reviews. The present chapters do not include more general harmony-related periodical articles -- those may be found in the "General Bibliography." In the case of many of the works included in "Harmony Treatises," titles present the reader with an adequate idea of the, scope of the work. I have included additional commentary as appropriate. In listing and referring to treatises, I have used the pneumonic "T" (for treatise) followed by a number. Bibliographic citations related to the various treatises are listed by "TB" numbers (for treatise bibliography.

One of the problems which can be encountered when using this or any other reference book that treats works by and about persons who were/are both composers and authors is best illustrated and explained by using the example of Arnold Schoenberg. Reviews, articles, and dissertations related to Schoenberg's harmony treatise will be found under the BIBLIOGRAPHY subheading within the entry for the work. Treatises dealing with Schoenberg's use of harmony within his compositions, however, are listed separately in the "Harmony Treatises" chapters (periodical articles dealing with Schoenberg the composer can be found in the "General Bibliography"). Of course, these writings, about . . .

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