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This groundbreaking book presents the elements of music in a way that is pedagogically clear and comprehensible, by building upon simple principles of proportion and relationship. These in turn are corresponded to language as musical metaphor. This, in combination with novel graphics and symbols, carries the reader to a basic understanding of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmi This groundbreaking book presents the elements of music in a way that is pedagogically clear and comprehensible, by building upon simple principles of proportion and relationship. These in turn are corresponded to language as musical metaphor. This, in combination with novel graphics and symbols, carries the reader to a basic understanding of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic principles, as well as Western musical notation. A great primer on music theory for the novice or professional, as well as an invaluable resource for composers and students, it includes the following: - A rich unfolding of metaphors and illustrations to elucidate a notoriously impenetrable and abstract subject. - The properties of the overtone series and how it influences harmonic and melodic thought. - A discussion of epigrams and dialectics exploring how meaning is carried through time. - Rhythm and meter as the marking of time and the organization of it into self-similar structures. - From the circle of fifths to intervals, triads, and later seventh chords and extensions. - How major/minor key tonality and modulation occur, and how they differ from music based upon drones or other types of scales. - How form and structure reflect the relationship of humans to time and emotional states. - A wealth of scales, rhythmic patterns, and notation references in the appendices.


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This groundbreaking book presents the elements of music in a way that is pedagogically clear and comprehensible, by building upon simple principles of proportion and relationship. These in turn are corresponded to language as musical metaphor. This, in combination with novel graphics and symbols, carries the reader to a basic understanding of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmi This groundbreaking book presents the elements of music in a way that is pedagogically clear and comprehensible, by building upon simple principles of proportion and relationship. These in turn are corresponded to language as musical metaphor. This, in combination with novel graphics and symbols, carries the reader to a basic understanding of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic principles, as well as Western musical notation. A great primer on music theory for the novice or professional, as well as an invaluable resource for composers and students, it includes the following: - A rich unfolding of metaphors and illustrations to elucidate a notoriously impenetrable and abstract subject. - The properties of the overtone series and how it influences harmonic and melodic thought. - A discussion of epigrams and dialectics exploring how meaning is carried through time. - Rhythm and meter as the marking of time and the organization of it into self-similar structures. - From the circle of fifths to intervals, triads, and later seventh chords and extensions. - How major/minor key tonality and modulation occur, and how they differ from music based upon drones or other types of scales. - How form and structure reflect the relationship of humans to time and emotional states. - A wealth of scales, rhythmic patterns, and notation references in the appendices.

30 review for The Elements of Music: Melody, Rhythm, and Harmony

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Kuznetsov

    A very well-crafted brief overview of the music theory. A remarkable thing is the illustrations, half of the book consists of them (literally, 30 pages of pictures and 30 pages of the text). So the book is only 60 pages long, and hence the information is very dense, each book turn introduces a new topic. There is no basics, and no really advanced stuff, it is more like "intermediate" level book. It will be good for structuring your knowledge, assuming that you already know the basics.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stine

    Personally it's 2 stars. I thought it would be more introductinonary and brought down to a level for those that don't really have much musical experience, but it was like reading a language you just know the basic of. The author is experienced and knowledgeable, and the book is rich, (hence the 3 stars) unfortunately I'm not able to grasp it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lancen Davis Harms

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. read alongside keyboard and coffee

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sten Bolander

    Quite the intense book with some terms I was not aware of after starting piano lessons 45 years ago. The book is split up into 24 two-page sections, the left page presenting the topic and the right page providing supporting information in a visual form. I found this supporting information quite helpful although the text was quite small for my mature eyes. I have been aware of the harmonic structure of music, but never knew all of the terms describing the specific harmonies. This book will be a g Quite the intense book with some terms I was not aware of after starting piano lessons 45 years ago. The book is split up into 24 two-page sections, the left page presenting the topic and the right page providing supporting information in a visual form. I found this supporting information quite helpful although the text was quite small for my mature eyes. I have been aware of the harmonic structure of music, but never knew all of the terms describing the specific harmonies. This book will be a good reference. Also included are a glossary of terms and five appendices. Especially intriguing was the Appendix for Selected Rhythms, breaking down 33 rhythms from the somewhat conventional funk to the never-heard-of-before Samai Thaqil in 10/8 time. I would recommend this book for the beginner or professional alike who would like to expand their musical knowledge.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Thebruce1314

    While I wouldn't recommend this for someone who has no prior knowledge in music, I liked the author's poetic-yet-technical manner of describing the building blocks of music. Presented in bite-sized chunks, this is a short book packed with tons of information. The best features, in my opinion, are the visual representations of the concepts described. This book will be going on my musical reference shelf for sure.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    An elegant brief and very visual presentation of music theory. Excellent for anyone who knows music theory and wants to look at it from different angles. Inspiration for possible composing or arranging.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Very thorough, short and comprehensive overview of music and musical theory with beautiful illustrations,, but not the easiest of reads and I found it confusing on occasions (even with a pretty solid grounding in music theory)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alva Ware-Bevacqui

    Pretty interesting book about what makes music, well, music. Nice pictures. A little bit too technical for me, but I think that's just personal preference.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonwillum Duurnenbol

    Overview for dummies, quite nice.

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    Noah Dayan

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    Rony Ayala

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kerrie Nicole Tandle

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