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Sound Foundations
Includes CD

  • Exceptional value for money


Editor's Choice

'A source of reference and a guide for aspiring composers' is the subtitle of this excellent book, but there is a wealth of information here to be of use to us all. It starts with facts about basic notation and the next section 'composition: getting started' covers material that should help with the writing test for grade 5 theory. Chapters such as 'understanding key signatures' would be also be useful in this context. Instruments of the orchestra are covered in detail before more specific compositional techniques are introduced. The CD includes over 100 examples directly related to the text as well as 2 tracks for jazz improvisation. The book itself is intelligently laid out with cartoons, icons and musical examples to break up the text. With all this information it can in no way be considered expensive!


  1. Notation - the basics
  2. Composition: getting started
  3. Understanding time signatures, pulse and rhythm
  4. Understanding key signatures
  5. Understanding harmony
  6. The composer's tool kit
  7. Thinking horizontally
  8. Instruments and their characteristics
  9. Writing for the piano
  10. Writing for voices
  11. Adding important instructions to your score
  12. Breaking the rules

Item Details

Category: Theory Textbooks
Publisher: Universal Edition
Publisher's reference: UE21483
Our Stock Code: 1108507
Media Type: Paperback; includes accompaniment CD