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    Detailed commentary on the text of Moneverdi's (and others, but first and foremost M.) madrigals.

    In the booklets of some of the Monteverdi madrigal discs that are only a very few notes re/ the meaning and hidden meanings of the words, phrases and the madrigal as a whole.

    If you are aware of any text that gives very detailed notes, please let me know the title of the text. Even if the only thing available is commentary on the original poetry without regard to Monteverdi.

    Thank you very much.
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    Have anyone here any thoughts on the Cambridge History of Music series? I've been scrolling around on their website, and they have an awful lots of books...

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    The ones I have seen have chapters by different experts. Some of the writers are post-modern/revisionist.

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    I'm curious to the medieval and 14th to 16th century volumes. Do you think post-modern/revisionist is a good or bad thing?

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    I've been lent a book called "The Great Pianists" by Harold C. Schonberg, which covers the complete history of European piano from Bach to the 60's. Can't seem to find it online because it is a very old book, but it is full of vivid and humorous anecdotes.

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    If anyone can recommend me a great book about Gustav Mahler, his life, his works, anything... I would really appreciate it.

    Thinking of purchasing Bruno Walter's book on him, anyone know if it's good? Looks like a relatively easy read.

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    Does anyone know of a biography of Georg Philip Telemann? Is there a book written about him at all?

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    I'm in need of a book exploring history of harmony in the common practice period. Could someone please recommend me one?
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    Schoenberg's Harmonielehre, maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Schoenberg's Harmonielehre, maybe
    It's really nice that I get a recommendation for this book, because I have access to it in the the university where I study. I have not read it yet because my focus in the moment is the common practice period, and somehow I associate it with the twentieth century.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allerius View Post
    It's really nice that I get a recommendation for this book, because I have access to it in the the university where I study. I have not read it yet because my focus in the moment is the common practice period, and somehow I associate it with the twentieth century.
    It’s all about the common practice period. Schoenberg may have been a 20th century composer but he was obsessed with and knowledgeable about common practice harmony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    It’s all about the common practice period. Schoenberg may have been a 20th century composer but he was obsessed with and knowledgeable about common practice harmony.
    I will have a look at it then. Thanks for the recommendation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allerius View Post
    I will have a look at it then. Thanks for the recommendation.
    No problem. One caveat is that it’s pretty dense, but you seem to be pretty savvy, I’m sure you’ll get something out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allerius View Post
    I'm in need of a book exploring history of harmony in the common practice period. Could someone please recommend me one?
    It sounds like what you're looking for is a "history" of CP harmony. That's a hard one. The Harmonielehre is more of a pure theory book, with Schoenberg's Views interspersed.

    The closest thing I can think of as a "history" of CP is Dmitri Tymoczko's A Geometry of Music: Harmony and Counterpoint in the Extended Common Practice (Oxford Studies in Music Theory).

    It may go beyond the scope of what you're after, but it does analyse various practices in the Medieval period, The Renaissance, and up through Romanticism to modern times.

    https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asi..._V8c0DbK7CCNKS

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    It sounds like what you're looking for is a "history" of CP harmony. That's a hard one. The Harmonielehre is more of a pure theory book, with Schoenberg's Views interspersed.

    The closest thing I can think of as a "history" of CP is Dmitri Tymoczko's A Geometry of Music: Harmony and Counterpoint in the Extended Common Practice (Oxford Studies in Music Theory).

    It may go beyond the scope of what you're after, but it does analyse various practices in the Medieval period, The Renaissance, and up through Romanticism to modern times.

    https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asi..._V8c0DbK7CCNKS
    You're right, that's what I'm looking for. Thanks for the recommendation.
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