A Treatise on Harmony

A Treatise on Harmony

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Sir Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley (1825-1889), English church musician, composer, Professor of Music at Oxford and Precentor of Hereford Cathedral, is best remembered for the foundation of St Michael's College, Tenbury, and its extensive music library in 1856. Here he was concerned to maintain the tradition of sung daily offices and to provide a model for others to follow. This book, first published in 1868, is the first of Ouseley's three works on music theory, and offers a structured approach to the subject, beginning with an explanation of musical notation and the harmonic series, then moving through the rules of harmony from tonic and dominant triads, to chord inversions, augmentation, diminution, modulation, the use of suspensions, pivot notes and cadence sequences. Of interest to music students and historians, the book contains exercises for the student and an appendix giving a number of musical examples.
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Preface; 1. The Stave; 2. Harmony as derived from natural phenomena; 3. Different positions of the tonic triad; 4. General paradigm of harmonics; 5. The minor mode deducible from nature; 6. Natural origin of the chord of the minor ninth; 7. Descending minor scale; 8. New discords; 9. Retardations; 10. Sequences of dominant sevenths; 11. Origin of secondary roots, in nature; 12. Chord of the minor seventh and minor third; 13. Cadences; 14. Cadences of modulation; 15. Irregular modulations by the chord of the dominant seventh; 16. Formation of sequences of sevenths and ninths, without modulation; 17. The pedal or 'point d'orgue'; 18. Broken harmony; Exercises on the preceding chapters; Short examples from the works of various great masters.
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