By Joseph N. Straus
A primer—rather than a survey—this textual content deals tremendously transparent, easy factors of easy theoretical innovations for the post-tonal tune of the 20 th century. Emphasizing hands-on touch with the music—through enjoying, making a song, listening, and analyzing—it offers six chapters on concept, every one illustrated with musical examples and entirely worked-out analyses, all drawn principally from the “classical” pre-war repertoire through Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok, Berg, and Webern.
"Straus takes a paced, methodical, logical method of every one subject. He introduces it in context and – possibly most importantly of all – makes use of language that is so obvious that in basic terms to stick to his descriptions, motives and illustrations conscientiously is to appreciate each one point of the idea less than consideration." Mark Sealey, Classical.net
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