Musical Composition: Craft and Art (Paperback)

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An invaluable introduction to the art and craft of musical composition from a distinguished teacher and composer

This essential introduction to the art and craft of musical composition is designed to familiarize beginning composers with principles and techniques applicable to a broad range of musical styles, from concert pieces to film scores and video game music. The first of its kind to utilize a style-neutral approach, in addition to presenting the commonly known classical forms, this book offers invaluable general guidance on developing and connecting musical ideas, building to a climax, and other fundamental formal principles. It is designed for both classroom use and independent study.

About the Author

Alan Belkin taught musical composition at the University of Montreal for more than three decades. Thousands of students from around the world have used his free online music textbooks at His music has been performed in Canada, the United States, Japan, and Europe.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300218992
ISBN-10: 0300218990
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: June 19th, 2018
Pages: 272
Language: English