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Schoenberg, Arnold (1874-1951)


Verlagseigentum der Universal-Edition A.-G.: Leipzig, 1911. first edition. Octavo. 476 pp. Red buckram with gilt embossed title. Blue top edge and end-papers. In very good condition. Binding just a bit worn with bumped spine and corners. Signature of former owner on title page. Occasional penciled note. Coffee stain at very top of pp. 349-354 (not affecting) and one small tear at top of p. 351 (not affecting).
Schoenberg's influential and exhaustive Harmonielehre, which he wrote between 1910 and 1911, covers all manner of topics relating to harmonic theory, from fundamental bass to tonality to twelve-tone rows. It created a splash with its publication, though, for promoting some borderline iconoclastic ideas: that there is no difference between consonance and dissonance, that non-harmonic tones cannot exist, and that tone color is as important a musical parameter as pitch and rhythm.

The treatise was and remains an excellent starting point for the study of both early-twentieth-century music and Schoenberg's compositional approach.

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