MUSIC THEORY WORKS

At the moment, all theoretical works are available in Italian only.
Harmony Book
Dominant Evolution, volume I
Published by Carisch - Milano (2010)
311 pages
ISBN-10-8850720327 / ISBN-13-9788850720323
Alien Bodies and Migrations, volume II
Published by Carisch - Milano (publication planned for 2018)
300 pages
ISBN

This is not a prescriptive manual. It is an explicative text filled with historical and acoustic perspectives. Emphasis is placed upon cosmic Harmony in continuous metamorphosis which has been amalgamated and put into effect over the centuries, sound by sound, in the most distinguished of music theories: the tonality that best suits it. The historical evolution, presented with each new chord and each new dissonance, is rearranged into practical exercise or ‘scored’. Sound is explored as an acoustic phenomenon, the song of animals, modality, Gregorian chant, the Organum plainchant, Gymel, English descant, the Fauxbordon and the beginning of tonality: everything is projected towards the reduction of harmony in the three structural functions of tonic, subdominant and dominant. A sequence that is as anthropological as it is ‘dictated’ by Nature. Chords are stretched out in their various positions and orientations in such a way as to be grouped together unequivocally into three basic functional categories.

 

Treatise on modern and contemporary harmony
The Symmetrical Promised Lands, volume I
Published by Carisch - Milano (2015)
Catalogue number: MK19144
334 pages
ISBN 9788850729982
The Harmonic Promised Lands, volume II
Published by Carisch - Milano (2015)
Catalogue number: MK19145
348 pages
ISBN 9788850729999
 

In the harmonic field, after centuries of didactic inertia, we have now come to the point in which there is an urgent need for a radical modernization. Limiting the study of music to tonality, or little more, is unforgivable when an authentic universe of incredibly effective doctrines are there just waiting for us to explore. Therefore, we must reorganize the main harmonic phenomena of the last century and offer composers and performers a technical perspective that is unprecedented and iridescent. If the great tonal composers used symmetric harmonies within hypertonic synchronisms spontaneously, the doctrinal progress that took place between the late 19th and early 20th centuries brought on a violent bifurcation. From then on, some composers and theorists pursued a strict analysis of symmetries while others explored the nuances of partial harmony and timbre with great astonishment. The two volumes of this essay, each of which focuses upon a specific branch, trace these innovations up to the present (in chronological order, for the most part). Symmetry on the one hand: ‘The symmetrical promised lands’ - Partial harmony on the other: ‘The harmonic promised lands’. Each theory, once it has been classified, is explained in an accessible manner and exercises are supplied as well. That’s not all. We live in a time of synthesis. The time has come to acquire a perspective of the harmonic universe in its structural entirety. Therefore, we propose a ‘theory of everything’ capable of assembling the many facets of historical situations (often only apparently taken out of context) into a single delineation. Aside from an open consultation, we suggest a gradual assimilation by following the outline from one volume to the next. Otherwise, readers can study both books at the same time, focusing upon the associations and antinomies in chronological order while maintaining the distinction between these two orientations. The texts were designed for Conservatory triennial and biennial graduate courses in light of the indispensable requalification of Conservatory programmes made possible by Italy’s renewed system.

 

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