Leipzig – Wien: Universal-Edition [U. E. Nr. 3370], 1911. Octavo. Half dark brown cloth with decorative paper boards. 1f. (title, with copyright note to verso), 1f. (dedication to the memory of Gustav Mahler), [v]-viii (preface), [ix]-x (table of contents), 471 (main text), 472-75 (index to subjects and terms),  (index to persons) pp.
Some light pencil markings (pp. v, 52-54, 183, 203-4).
Browned; one leaf stained; small hole to one leaf with loss of one letter; tears to final two leaves repaired.
First Edition. Rufer (Engl.) p. 133. Ringer p. 321. Tetsuo Satoh p. 56. Reese Fourscore Classics of Music Literature, 79. Damschroder and Williams, p. 319.
"This comprehensive study of harmonic relations in the major-minor system was written after Schoenberg's thoroughgoing rejection of this system in his compositions. The fruit of his rich experience as a teacher... it is distinguished, above all, by the novelty of the pedagogical approach, rejecting both figured bass and melody harmonization as teaching methods in favor of the direct construction of harmonic progressions. The presentation is vivid and stimulating, mainly because of the numerous polemical and speculative side remarks which are valuable not only for their bearing on the subject but also for the insight they afford into the creative personality of one of the most influential musicians of our time." Reese.
The most famous of Schoenberg's treatises, intended as the composer's counter-proposal to other textbooks, mostly written by theoreticians either inactive or insignificant as composers. While mostly concerned with the "common practice" major-minor system, the book also describes post-tonal practices as found in the compositions of Schoenberg and his students. Item #24297
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