Educational resources for composers
Posted on September 23, 2012 at 22:12
Yale lecture series to start you off
How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, by Robert Greenberg
Understanding the fundamentals of music, by Robert Greenberg
More advanced broad stuff
More Robert Greenberg lectures
- From these you will learn how to analyse and critically listen to music, you will become familiar with the major works of composers you choose to study, and you will learn a lot of important music history. Greenberg is a fantastic teacher. I'd highly recommend his "30 Greatest Orchestral Works" to start out with.
Leonard Bernstein's Young Peoples concerts
- Old, but absolutely fantastic. Bernstein was a GREAT teacher.
Leonard Bernstein's Omnibus series
- Even OLDER, but even more fantastic. Definitely check out the one about Beethoven's fifth symphony
, in which he takes Beethoven's discarded sketches for the work and suggests why he discarded them
Leonard Bernstein's Harvard Lecture Series
Aldwell and Schacter's "Harmony and Voice Leading"
- This is the standard college book on harmony these days.
Tchaikovsky's book on harmony
- This one, while a little old (written in the 1880s) is VERY clear and to the point. I'd recommend this for starting out on.
Arnold Schoenberg's books on harmony and composition in general
- I've only linked to one, but the others aren't too difficult to find.
CounterpointCounterpoint in Composition, by Felix Salzer
- An excellent book that not only teaches you the theory, but also shows you examples of how the masters interpreted and used it.
Johann Joseph Fux's Gradus ad Parnassum
by William Caplin.
Samuel Adler's "Orchestration"
- An excellent book that comes with a CD with MANY audio and video examples of what he's talking about. This is an invaluable resource.
Thomas Goss' OrchestrationOnline Youtube channel