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Models for Beginners in Composition By Arnold Schoenberg


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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 including motivic design, harmony, and the construction of themes on the two-measure phrase. This newly revised edition incorporates many of Schoenberg’s corrections to the original manuscript.

In its function as a practical manual for the American classroom, Models for Beginners in Composition is unique among Schoenberg’s texts. 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 edition allows readers to utilize and explore the text in greater depth. Students of composition, Schoenberg scholars, music theorists, and historians of music theory alike will no doubt welcome this new edition.

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