2nd Edition

Revisiting Music Theory
Basic Principles

ISBN 9781138915893
Published December 20, 2016 by Routledge
426 Pages

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Book Description

Revisiting Music Theory: Basic Principles, Second Edition, surveys the basics of music theory and explains the terms used in harmonic and formal analysis in a clear and concise manner. Students will find Revisiting Music Theory to be an essential resource for review or reference, while instructors of introductory theory courses will find in these pages a solid foundation for cultivating musical thinking. Musicians of all kinds—amateur and professional alike—will find great value in augmenting and informing their knowledge of the art of music theory.

The text covers the basic principles of music theory, including:
• Musical notation
• Key signatures and scales
• Intervals, chords, and progressions
• Melodic and harmonic analysis
• Counterpoint and voice leading techniques
• Musical forms and structures

This second edition has been revised and reorganized to promote learning. Each section now includes an all-new selection of exercises, allowing readers to practice key skills and improve understanding.

For students, instructors, and practicing musicians, Revisiting Music Theory offers an indispensable guide to the foundations of musical analysis.

Table of Contents



Notes on the Use of This Book

Part 1. Notation: The Symbols of Music

    1. The Components of Sound and Music

    2. The Notation of Pitch

    3. The Notation of Duration

    4. The Organization of Time

    5. Movement, Language, and Musical Rhythms

    6. The Notation of Loudness and Style

    7. The Notation of Tone Quality

    8. Conducting Music

    Part 2. Melody: Note Following Note

      1. Intervals

      2. The Modes

      3. The Major Scale

      4. Key Signatures for Major Scales

      5. The Minor Scales

      60 Other Minor Scales

      7. Key Signatures for Minor Keys

      8. Scale Degrees

      9. The Melodic Structure

      10. Expanded Melodic Sources

      Part 3. Harmony: Note(s) with Note(s)

        1. Intervals

        2. Triads

        3. The Inversion of Triads

        4. Triads within Key

        5. Seventh Chords

        6. Harmonic Progressions

        7. Harmonic Rhythm

        8. Cadences

        9. Secondary Dominants

        10. More Chords on the Secondary Level

        11. Other Chords

        Part 4. Melodies in Harmony

          1. Part Writing

          2. Creating the Harmonic Structure

          3. Non-Harmonic Tones

          4. Analyzing Later Styles

          5. Nineteenth-Century Analysis

          Part 5. Texture, Structures, Techniques, and Form

            1. The Textures of Music

            2. Fundamental Structures

            3. Melodic Manipulation

            4. Form

            Part 6. Appendices

            Appendix I. Systems for Identifying Pitch

            Appendix II. The Harmonic Series

            Appendix III. Tuning and Temperament

            Appendix IV. The Circle of Fifths

            Appendix V. Transposition

            Appendix VI. All Major Scales in Four Clefs

            Appendix VII. All Minor Scales in Four Clefs

            Appendix VIII. Inversions of All Triads on All Pitches in Two Clefs

            Appendix IX. Inversions of All Common Seventh Chords on All Pitches in Two Clefs

            Appendix X. Primary Chords in All Major and Minor Keys in Two Clefs

            Appendix XI. Chord Symbols Used in Lead Sheet and Fake Book Notation in Two Clefs

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            Alfred Blatter joined the faculty for Musical Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in 1989 and is Professor Emeritus at Drexel University.