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Harmony and Voice Leading, 5th Edition. Edward Aldwell, Allen Cadwallader, Carl Schachter. Published: © Print ISBN: Pages: ºption. Harmony. &. Voice Leading. EDWARD ALDWELL. The Curtis Institute of Music. Mannes College of Music. CARL SCHACHTER. Mannes College of Music . Harmony and Voice Leading has 70 ratings and 4 reviews. Eric said: Simply the best Edward Aldwell,. Carl Schachter. · Rating details · 70 ratings · 4.

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Edward Aldwell received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied piano with Adele Marcus.

He studied theory and analysis privately with Carl Schachter and later with Ernst Oster. He has been a member of the Techniques schachtet Music department at Mannes since and a member of the piano department since He has taught theory at The Curtis Institute of Music since and is currently Chairperson of the theory department.

He has given recitals and master classes throughout the United States as well as in Israel, England and Germany, many of them devoted to the works of Bach. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Aldwe,l you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest aldwelk through seller support? A clear and comprehensive volume spanning the entire theory course, the fourth edition of Harmony and Voice Leading begins with coverage of basic concepts of theory and harmony and moves into coverage of advanced dissonance and chromaticism.

It emphasizes the linear aspects of music as much as the harmonic, and introduces large-scale progressions–linear and harmonic–at an early stage. The fourth edition now includes a chapter schachtrr species counterpoint and integrates that material into the rest of schacher text.

A new premium web site for students will provide interactive, guided exercises for new material covered in each unit. The instructor’s companion site will include “Guidelines for Instructors,” a new instructor’s manual written by the authors.

About This Edition New Features A new, password-protected premium web site for students includes interactive, guided exercises for material covered in the text and musical examples from the literature in schachfer streaming and downloadable format.

Workbooks and CD sets will be available in print or on a password-protected site.

A new instructor’s companion site will include “Guidelines for Instructors,” an instructor’s manual written by Allen Cadwallader. The aodwell and musical examples have been thoroughly revised for increased clarity and accessibility. Clearer visual presentation, increased clarity and consistency of terminology and symbols, and more guidance in the exercises increase the text’s effectiveness.

A new chapter introduces species counterpoint, and the text integrates this material into subsequent units.

Additional Features “Points for Review” at the end of each unit before the exercises offer brief, consecutively numbered summations of the key concepts covered in that unit.

Important points are summarized in boxes as needed throughout each unit to help students check the progress of their learning. Each unit includes 10 to 40 musical examples–brief excerpts that illustrate the specific harmonic and voice-leading techniques discussed at that point.


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A brain strain but brilliant. This text is extremely deep and challenging. I did find it irritating how the authors chose to abandon some conventions. Most irritating was the use of upper case Roman numerals for all chords regardless of quality. A barrier to learning for me, as the subject matter is difficult enough without having to deal with that quirk. The authors do explain their reasons for this, but it’s harmkny pain in the butt.

Additionally there are other labelings of certain types of progressions that I found a bit confusing. I’ve used a few theory books in my career, but this one is by far the most in-depth and challenging. If you are required to take theory and this is your text for the course, stand by, you are in for a ride. If you have an excellent professor I didit’s do-able. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The fourth edition of Aldwell and Schachter remains the best available reference for writing harmony.

The organization of the chapters makes this book perfect for when you want ideas for how to harmonize a particular note or phrase.

I imagine this would also be a great text for students of harmony as well. The explanations are clear, and the examples are all “good music”, mostly from before I recommend the CD aldweol well, since the examples are performed well on it. Great Book for who is interested in self-learning. The best book I have found to explain the foundation of music theory.

All the others on Amazon are worthless compared to this one plus I can trade it in for almost full price because this is the book every good conservatory uses in the USA.


Buy and study this book it will help your skill set immeasurably. The aldwelk strength of this book is the way in which it structures the theory curriculum. Early on, the authors effectively impress the importance of voice leading as a basis for harmony. Even within the first few units, students begin to distance their analytical thinking from the chord-to-chord recognition-based approach popular among other methods.

The authors dispense with that silly pedantic harmony “flowchart” many other texts use. In later chapters, they present meaningful analysis of pretty complex chromaticism for a survey textbook; the units on sequences and voice exchanges are especially interesting.

The authors consistently choose schachtef examples, and their analysis is always first rate. By the end of the book, students are ready to begin Schenkerian analysis schzchter upper-level theory curriculum.

The book’s shortcomings concern the style of prose and the flow of topics within individual units. Each chapter is a kind of bullet-point list, lending a kind of taxonomic organization to individual topics that can be hard to follow. Some of the harnony complex topics, like suspensions, are rather convoluted. Students reading the book can easily feel overwhelmed and may have a hard time sorting out the important information from the many asides.

Also, this book is, as the title suggests “Harmony and Voice Leading. The scchachter also concerns the tonal system only with one rather rushed tangent on sixteenth century counterpoint ; there is no discussion of twentieth century music, such as you might find in many similar textbooks schwchter for the standard four-semester sequence. While this is not a shortcoming of the book per se, it does mean that in schachtr to use the book for a standard theory sequence, the instructor will need to supplement this text with outside sources which is probably a good idea anyway.

Still, I recommend this book schachyer for intellectually inquisitive students. The authors don’t dumb down the subject. They do an excellent job structuring the curriculum so as to build a schachfer foundation for students in theory.

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