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I got a copy of the English translation of Tchaikovsky's book for Christmas and I was surprised (but happy) to find some comments and tips that I never learned in my harmony courses in college.  It's all fairly basic, but anything I can add to my own technique is a good thing.

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Comment by Nick Capocci on January 18, 2012 at 7:38am

Schonberg's book is, in my view, one of the top ten "must have" works. What is really special about ALL Schonberg's writing about music (whether overtly technical or not) is that - like a true composer! - he makes no distinction between music and life. It's all one. One cannot consider harmony, or any aspect of composition as merely a technical topic - it's a vital, life-enhancing force! Also what comes accross is the humility of the man. The first sentence (of the 1912 preface) states that he learned everything from his pupils. A lesson for us all from the man who invented modern music.

Comment by Scott Miller on January 16, 2012 at 5:23pm

I haven't seen the Rimsky or the Schonberg books.  Can you tell me more about the Schonberg?

Comment by Nick Capocci on January 16, 2012 at 4:04pm

Have you read Shonberg's 1922 Theory of Harmony?

Comment by James Semple on January 12, 2012 at 2:46am

I really like that book. It's also worth checking out Rimsky-Korsakov's book which expands upon this book.

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