[Smt-talk] Reading for Master's Students

Slottow, Stephen Stephen.Slottow at unt.edu
Fri Dec 2 06:38:07 PST 2011

Two essays by Carl Schachter: (1) Chopin's Prelude, Opus 28, No. 4: Autograph Sources and Interpretation," in Chopin Studies 2, ed. John Rink and Jim Samson (Cambridge UP). A beautiful essay, richly written, well organized, and insightful. I use it as an example of how good analytical writing can be readable. (2) "Schoenberg's Hat and Lewis Carroll's Trousers" in Aflame with Music: 100 Years of Music at the University of Melbourne, ed. Brenton Broadstock et al. Aside from its startling title, a good treatment of the relation (or lack thereof) between Schenker's theory and politics—and difficult to find.

Stephen Slottow
Associate Professor of Music
University of North Texas

From: Deborah Stein <Deborah.Stein at necmusic.edu<mailto:Deborah.Stein at necmusic.edu>>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 17:48:42 +0000
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Subject: [Smt-talk] Reading for Master's Students

Dear collective wisdom,

I’m trying to compile a list of readings for students just beginning to explore the many aspects of the field of music theory.  The readings would be on the beginning graduate level and would include two categories: (1) introductions to the various sub-disciplines and (2) “classic” essays that one should know, such as Lewin’s phenomenology article. Even given the enormity of publications, I am hoping to compile 12 to 20 articles or book chapters that show the breadth and depth of our world.

Feel free to suggest as many readings as you wish, though I’d prefer to know those you feel are most important first!

Many thanks,


 Deborah Stein
Music Theory Department
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

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