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The Foundations of Music

  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107634411

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  • Originally published in 1919, this book examines the junction between music and psychology, particularly harmony. Watt discusses the roots of key features of music, such as consecutive fifths, pitch and musical aesthetics. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in music and the theories underlying its construction and reception.

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    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107634411
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. The reduction of instrumental tones to a single series of pure tones
    2. Analytic description and theory of the series of pure tones
    3. Degrees and theory of consonance and dissonance (fusion)
    4. The relations of fusion to beats, partials, and difference-tones
    5. The consonance of successive tones
    6. The nature of interval
    7. The musical range of pitch
    8. Our point of view towards the auditory field
    9. The relative importance of synthesis and of analysis
    10. The equivalence of octaves
    11. Consecutive fifths
    12. The system of facts regarding consecutives
    13. The reason for the prohibition of consecutives
    14. Exceptions to the prohibition of consecutives
    15. Hidden octaves and fifths, etc.
    16. A fourth from the bass
    17. Common chords or concordance
    18. Melodic motion in relation to degrees of consonance
    19. Melody (or paraphony) as the primary basis of music
    20. The factors that modify paraphony
    21. Retrospect and the outlook for theory
    22. Synopsis or outlines of instruction
    23. The objectivity of beauty
    24. Aesthetics as a pure science
    Works cited
    Index of authors
    Index of subjects.

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    Henry J. Watt

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