[Smt-talk] Reading for Master's Students

Ildar Khannanov solfeggio7 at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 7 06:16:10 PST 2011

Dear Deborah and the List,
I would like to add few things for the Master's students in theory to read and to enjoy the "breadth of our world." I suggest giving them a fragment from Rameau's Traite de l'harmonie, perhaps, the Glossary. It contains the deifinitions of melody and harmony. Also, I would like them to read some fragments from Riemann, say, Harmony simplified. Fetis would not hurt, too. The theory student has to have experience of reading first 50 pages from Zarlino, translated volume. Tinctoris's treatise on effects of music works usually very well with students, just as St. Augustine;s De musica, or some fragments from Boethius. Knowing soomething about Yavorski and Asafiev will benefit your students. Your students should understand that these materials are not "old, handed down theory." It is very dangerous to divide theory into "them" and "us." 
Before giving your students the ideas of phrasal structure of Rothstein or hypermetric structure of Lerdahl, give them to read A. B. Marx on motive and some Riemann on metric period. Otherwise, the knowledge of your students will be single-sided and incomplete.
Ildar Khannanov
Peabody Conservatory
solfeggio7 at yahoo.com

 From: Deborah Stein <Deborah.Stein at necmusic.edu>
To: "smt-talk at lists.societymusictheory.org" <smt-talk at lists.societymusictheory.org> 
Sent: Thursday, December 1, 2011 12:48 PM
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 
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