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Music Theory Through Musical Theatre


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Introduction Part 1: The Lead Sheet Unit 1: Basic Concepts for Reading, Writing, and Appreciating Music Unit 2: Major and Minor Scales Unit 3: Modes and Other Scales Unit 4: Intervals Part 2: The Arrangement Unit 5: Triads, Seventh Chords, and Nonharmonic Tones Unit 6: Chord Progressions and Sixth Chords Unit 7: Singing Counterpoint 1 Unit 8: Singing Counterpoint 2 Unit 9: Chromatically Altered Chords Unit 10: Song Form and Cadences Unit 11: Modulation and Tonicization Unit 12: Upper-Embellished Chords Part 3: The Performance Unit 13: Analysis -- George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers Unit 14: Analysis -- Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim Unit 15: Analysis -- Andrew Lloyd Webber, William Finn, and Jason Robert Brown Acknowledgements Alphabetical List of Musical Theatre Examples Bibliography Index

About the Author

John Franceschina began composing and arranging music at the age of five and has written symphonies, chamber music, incidental music, and film scores. He has acted as musical director for productions in New York City and on national and international tours and the stage director of operas, musicals, and plays. As a pianist/arranger, he has accompanied Angela Lansbury, Elke Sommer, Nell Carter, Jan Peerce, Robert Merrill, Lotte Lenya, Paige O'Hara, Chita Rivera, and Gwen Verdon. An educator with thirty years of college teaching experience, he has written fifteen books about the theatre and musical theatre.

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