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“This book is Schoenberg’s last completed theoretical work and represents his final thoughts on the subject of classical and romantic harmony.
The earlier chapters recapitulate in condensed form the principles laid down in his Theory of Harmony; the later chapters break entirely new ground, for they analyze the system of key relationships within the structure of whole movements and affirm the principle of “monotonality,” showing how all modulations within a movement are merely deviations from, and not negations of, its main tonality.
Schoenberg’s argument is supported by music examples, which range from entire development sections of classical symphonies to analyses of the experimental harmonic progressions of Strauss, Debussy, Reger, and Schoenberg’s own early music. The final chapter, “Apollonian Evaluation of a Dionysian Epoch,” discusses the music of our time, with particular reference to the possibility of new methods of harmonic analysis.
Structural Functions of Harmony is a standard work on its subject and provides an invaluable key to the development of musical structure during the last two hundred and fifty years. This new edition, with corrections, a new preface, and an index of subject headings, has been prepared under the editorial supervision of Leonard Stein.”
First published in 1954 by Williams and Norgate Limited
Revised Edition with Corrections
Edited by Leonard Stein
Publisher Ernest Benn Limited, 1969; published in Faber Paperbacks by Faber and Faber, London, 1983
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“This book will come as a joy, a revelation, a warm reassurance. From this one book one might well learn less about harmony than about form, about aesthetics, even about life. Some will accuse Schoenberg of not concentrating on the topic at hand, but such an accusation, though well-founded, would miss the point of Theory of Harmony, because the heart and soul of the book is to be found in his vivid and penetrating digressions. They are the fascinating reflections of a great and humane musician who was a born writer as well.”
First published in 1911
Third edition, 1922
Publisher Universal Edition, Vienna
Translated by Roy E. Carter, based on the third edition, published in 1922
Publisher University of California Press, 1983
ISBN 0520049446, 9780520049444
Harmonielehre (German, 3rd Edition, 1922, added on 2013-12-11)
Manuale di armonia (Italian, trans. Giacomo Manzoni, 1963/1973, added on 2013-12-11)
Tratado de armonía (Spanish, trans. Ramon Barce, 1979, added on 2013-12-11)
Theory of Harmony (English, trans. Roy E. Carter, 1983, updated on 2012-8-3)
Harmonia (Portuguese, trans. Marden Maluf, 1999, added on 2013-12-11)