Universal Edition - Sound Foundations

2010-02-18 09:14

Sound Foundations

James Rae & Mike Cornick


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A source of reference and a guide for aspiring composers

James Rae & Mike Cornick have, together, produced a practical and informative resource to meet the needs of developing composers. Both are well-established music educationalists and composers with a combined wealth of teaching experience.


  • The fundamentals of music theory, including time- and key-signatures, scales and a section to get you started in understanding harmony
  • Explanation of the basics as well as many of the finer points of musical notation and the applications of music software
  • A CD with over 100 recorded examples directly related to the text as well as two play-along tracks for jazz improvisation
  • Specific tips on writing for the voice and the piano as well as a thorough survey of virtually every other instrument, including ranges and characteristics
  • The meaning of foreign musical terms
  • Adding dynamics, articulation and other essentials to your score
  • More than 150 suggestions for further listening in a wide range of genres
  • An extensive glossary of technical terms
  • A range of inspiring compositional assignments

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