[LAU] Difference F7 and Fmaj

Grammostola Rosea rosea.grammostola at gmail.com
Tue Aug 5 14:18:47 EDT 2008

Dave Phillips wrote:
> Yes, I realized after I sent that message that I should have mentioned 
> the difference between jazz harmony texts and the more "classical" tomes.
> More modern texts (Persichetti's book is a good example) present the 
> notions of non-functional 7ths, melodic chording, clusters, chords by 
> 4ths, etc. Serial harmony is a whole other domain, and Elliott Carter's 
> harmony book is yet another way of comprehending the possibilities of 
> non-serial chromaticism (see also the theoretical writings by Stefan Wolpe).
> The traditional approaches still apply, especially since the vast 
> majority of music we hear is tonal/modal, with more or less clear 
> harmonic functions and relationships. From my POV, most jazz harmony 
> works on the same bases as traditional tonal harmony, but some truly new 
> devices have been introduced that the classical texts do little to 
> clarify. Indeed, harmony is a moving target, but its traditional basics 
> are still fundamental to most of the music we hear today.
The books that you and others suggest are those reading books or books 
with pieces of music with theory? What is preferred?

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