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Dr. Kiss Katalin: A Practical Approach to Harmony
From the Birth of Polyphony to the Baroque Era
This book takes the student on an exciting musical journey following the path of music history from the birth of harmony through the late Baroque. The musical examples and excerpts included within are taken from the masterworks of the classical repertoire. These examples support practical work with exercises, dictation, worksheets for composition, analysis, bass figuration and realisation. In addition, all solutions are provided.
The book consists of three parts:
Part I is an anthology containing carefully selected pieces from the broad repertoire of music spanning ten centuries (from the 8th to the 18th century). It provides a musical source of study, performance, and analysis, in addition to essential information about musical styles of different eras.
Part II provides sung, played, and written exercises and dictations which are closely related to the pieces included in Part I.
Part III offers the solutions by way of the original pieces and contains advice for the realization of the exercises contained in Part II.
A continuation to this textbook is A Practical Approach to Viennese Classical Music, published in 2022.
The author, Dr Katalin Kiss, is Associate Professor of musicianship and conducting at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Kecskemét, Hungary.
She spent several years in the United States as a guest lecturer and conductor at the invitation of the Kodály Center of America in Boston. In addition, she lectures, teaches, and holds regular workshops at music symposia and seminars in Europe, China, and Australia.
In 2015, the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music invited her as a full-time guest professor of solfège and harmony and conductor of its concert choir.
She founded the Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble in 1990 and has given more than 500 concerts with them around the world, winning 16 first and special prizes and seven Grands Prix at international choir competitions. Often serving on juries for international choir competitions, Dr Kiss is Hungary’s representative on the Council of World Choir Games, and is the continental ambassador for Europe for the International Choral Conductors Federation.