- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (Nov. 15 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802716822
- ISBN-13: 978-0802716828
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.2 x 17.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #365,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Elements of Music: Melody, Rhythm, and Harmony Hardcover – Oct 28 2008
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About the Author
Dr. Jason Martineau is a composer, pianist, and private instructor living in Berkeley, CA.
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As other reviewers having pointed out, I suspect that complete musical novices will have some problems with certain sections. These are places where the limited space simply doesn't permit the author to communicate certain assumptions, terminology and principles. But I can imagine this being a viable starting point in the hands of a musically knowledgeable guide.
The illustrations, while tiny, are wonderfully conceived and executed in a style consistent with the old-world artistry set forth in the cover.
I had two big takeaways: One was a deeper understanding of harmonic theory, and secondly, a greater appreciation of how all the elements work together to weave a fabric that mirrors the movement of our own lives through time. I think of it as a universal theory of music. Cool.
I highly recommend this tiny little treasure for any musician looking to reach a broader grasp of the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic workings for the mystery we call music.