Models For Beginners In Composition

This book, published by OUP, has, at its heart, the syllabus Arnold Schoenberg devised for his students at UCLA.

This classic text is a second, more considered, version and was first used in 1943. He builds up gradually from a simple two-bar motif, using only essentila notes from a single harmony to a fully worked scherzo. The value lies not only in this manageable progression, but also in the great number of examples he has composed and provided, which can be used as “models” for one’s own efforts …