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Compositional theory in the eighteenth century

Author: Joel Lester
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1992.
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"This ambitious study offers a panoramic survey of musical thought in the eighteenth century and, at the same time, a close analysis of the important theoretical topics of the period. The result is the most comprehensive account ever given of the theory behind the music of late Baroque and early Classical composers from Bach to Beethoven."--BOOK JACKET. "While giving preeminent theorists their due, Joel Lester also  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Lester, Joel.
Compositional theory in the eighteenth century.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)639740023
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Lester
ISBN: 067415522X 9780674155220 0674155238 9780674155237
OCLC Number: 25410337
Description: 355 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Zarlino and his legacy --
Species counterpoint and Fux's Gradus --
Thoroughbass methods --
Rameau's early works --
Rameau's later works and controversies --
Mattheson and the study of melody --
Harmonic perspectives on counterpoint --
Changing aspects of harmonic theory --
The Marpurg-Kirnberger disputes --
Riepel on melody and phrases --
Koch : toward a comprehensive approach to musical structure.
Responsibility: Joel Lester.

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Offers a panoramic survey of musical thought in the 18th century and an analysis of the important theoretical topics of the period. Lester examines the works of over 100 17th- and 18th-century  Read more...

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