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table of contents
Basic assumptions in music theory of the common practice era
Section 1: Tonal Music Theory
Key and Scale
Triads and key
Roman numeral and figured bass 1
Augmented Sixth Chords
Neapolitan Sixth Chords
Voice Leading (Tonality Guide website)
Section 2: Chromatic Harmony
Special uses of diminished sevenths
Chromatic non-harmonic tones
Roman numeral and figured bass 2
Section 3: The 20th Century
Introduction to set theory
Rhythm and form
Twelve tone theory
The matrix or array, permutations
Section 4: Form
Basic Assumptions concerning form
Motive, Phrase and Period
Rounded binary form
Theme and variation
Section 5: Analysis
Basic assumptions and procedures
Form and rhythm
Section 6: Bibliography
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