[Smt-talk] Written record of Boulanger pedagogy?

David Clampitt david.clampitt51 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 17 07:38:35 PST 2010

Hi Dmitri,

Have you asked Robert Levin? He studied at Fontainebleau, and then taught
theory at Curtis early in his career. He wrote a harmony text, 'The Syntax
and Structure of Tonal Music.' There was an earlier version, 'Functional
Harmony,' co-authored with James Harrison and Louise Talma, based upon their
studies with Boulanger. I don't know if either book was published; I have a
samizdat copy of the former. I believe it is what you are looking for, and
you could consult him as to how faithfully it follows Boulanger.


David Clampitt
Associate Professor
School of Music
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210-1170

On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 10:48 AM, Dmitri Tymoczko <dmitri at princeton.edu>wrote:

> Hi Everybody,
> I'm looking for written materials that record the nitty-gritty of harmony
> as taught by Nadia Boulanger and associates: for instance, which tonal chord
> progressions were common and which were rare, according to Boulanger?  Which
> tonal sequences were most common?
> There is a set of figured basses by Vidal, which she used in teaching, that
> I guess provide some indirect evidence here.  But I'm wondering if there's
> anything more direct?  Ideally I'm looking for something like "Nadia
> Boulanger's ideas about music, as written by Kostka and Payne."
> The reason is that (1) I would like to do some quantitative evaluation of
> the ideas in this tradition, based on my own analytical data, and (2) that
> some of what I've seen in Vidal interacts interestingly with my own ideas
> about these issues.
> Thanks,
> DT
> Dmitri Tymoczko
> Associate Professor of Music
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