The Shaping Forces in Music
An admirable reconciliation of traditional and modern (mainly 12-tone) trends in composition, this book shows how all types of writing must respond to psychological wants of the listener and how similar goals may be achieved in seemingly opposed styles. Illustrating his discussion with 390 musical examples, Toch not only introduces new ideas and approaches, but examines many age-old problems with clarity and precision - consonance and dissonance, melody versus harmony, ornamental and fermentative counterpoint, form versus number, and more. HIs analyses of the expanding harmonic universe, the wave line of melody, and the formative influence of movement are particularly penetrating.
260 pp, softcover