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A Theory Of Harmony (SUNY Series In Cultural Perspectives) Book Pdf

A Theory of Harmony (SUNY Series in Cultural Perspectives) book pdf

A Theory of Harmony is a book by Ernst Levy, a Swiss music theorist, composer, and conductor. It was first published in 1985 by the State University of New York Press as part of the SUNY series in Cultural Perspectives. The book presents the essentials of a comprehensive, consistent theory of harmony developed from tone structure. It is a highly original explanation of the harmonic language of the last few centuries, showing the way toward an understanding of diverse styles of music.

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The book is divided into four chapters: The Natural Basis of Harmony, The Harmonic System, The Expansion of the Harmonic System, and The Decline and Renewal of Harmony. In each chapter, Levy makes clear the few principles that illuminate the natural forces in harmony. He shows that general principles can be successfully extracted from the wealth of examples. He also provides numerous musical illustrations to support his arguments and demonstrate his theory.

The book is intended for students and teachers of music theory, as well as for anyone interested in the history and aesthetics of music. It is written in a clear and accessible style, with minimal use of technical jargon. Levy's theory of harmony is based on his own musical experience and intuition, as well as on his extensive knowledge of the works of other theorists, especially Rameau and Reimann. He offers a fresh and original perspective on the nature and evolution of harmony, challenging some of the conventional views and assumptions.

The book is available in both hardcover and paperback editions from the State University of New York Press. It can also be purchased online from various retailers such as Amazon. A digital version of the book can be accessed through Google Books, where it can be read online or downloaded as a pdf file.

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