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Exploring harmony and counterpoint

This book is intended for use at tertiary level. It will be most useful as a text that can be used for the first 4 or 5 semesters of an undergraduate music degree.

Apart from providing an overview of the techniques commonly encountered between 1700 and 1900, a chapter is devoted to the concept of dissonance, posing thought-provoking questions about the way in which composers as diverse as Monteverdi, Richard Strauss and Bartok solved the problem of creating tension and repose within their works.

A chapter on the makwaya style is included, for the first time providing South African (and other) students with an opportunity to study the style as the manifestation of specific harmony and composition techniques.

The text brings together more than 40 years' teaching experience. It encourages new research and offers suggestions for short composition exercises. It offers lecturers and students an opportunity to view standard procedures from a wider perspective, and will be an invaluable addition to any library as a reference work.