This best-selling text gives majors a solid foundation in the theory of music - generally and throughout history. It strengthens their musical intuition, builds technical skills, and helps them gain interpretive insights.
The two-volume format ensures exhaustive coverage and maximum support for students and faculty alike. Volume I serves as a general introduction to music theory while volume II offers a survey of the theoretical underpinnings of musical styles and forms from Gregorian Chant through the present day.
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Music theory is explained in an easy-to-understand way using a proven pedagogical method to increase students' comprehension and retention.
Examples from a variety of classical and popular music literature - now including more works by women and minority composers - expose students to a wide repertoire and help broaden their musical horizons.
A revised presentation of voice-leading now begins with two-part counterpoint to help students think melodically and to promote clearer understanding of part-writing.
New coverage of macroanalysis introduces students to innovative analytical tools, which can then be applied to the student's other musical studies.
Bruce Benward has been widely regarded as one of the most gifted music theory pedagogues since his textbooks first appeared in the 1960s, and has exerted a wide influence on the teaching of music theory both through his writings and through the generation of teachers that he taught. He recently retired from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
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