Schoenberg's Models for Beginners in Composition by Gordon Root

Schoenberg's Models for Beginners in Composition

EditorGordon Root

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Originally published in 1943, Models for Beginners in Composition represents one of Arnold Schoenberg's earliest attempts at reaching a broad American audience through his pedagogical ideas. The novelty of this book was its streamlined approach, basing all aspects of composition includingmotivic design, harmony, and the construction of themes on the two-measure phrase. This newly revised edition by Gordon Root incorporates many of Schoenberg's corrections to the original manuscript. It also includes a significant commentary elucidating the evolution of Schoenberg's pedagogicalapproach. In its function as a practical manual for the American classroom, Models for Beginners in Composition is unique among Schoenberg's texts. The current Commentary explores Schoenberg's experience as a teacher at UCLA while tracing the development of the two-measure phrase as the main component of hispedagogical method. It demonstrates the way in which Schoenberg simultaneously preserved and adapted European ideas about tonal theory and pedagogy when he came to America, a give and take that allowed for increased theoretical originality and scope. Models for Beginners in Composition established the two-measure phrase as one of the most significant of Schoenberg's contributions to American music education. This new edition, with Schoenberg's corrections and newly added commentary, allows readers to utilize and explore the text in greaterdepth. Students of composition, Schoenberg scholars, music theorists, and historians of music theory alike will no doubt welcome this new edition.

About The Author

Gordon Root is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York in Fredonia, where he has taught since 2006. He earned a Ph.D. in Music Theory with a focus on Schoenberg's music from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Gordon Root's essays have been featured in Indiana Theory Review and Current Musicology. He has p...
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Title:Schoenberg's Models for Beginners in CompositionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 28, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195382218

ISBN - 13:9780195382211

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