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What is Theory of Music?

This is the website of Theory of Music Publishing.

Theory of Music was founded in 2007 by the composer and writer Barry Mitchell.  The main purpose of Theory of Music is to publish resources for the study of the history and theory of music and broadly related subjects.

The main activities engaged in by Theory of Music are:

  • the publication of resources  provided free on this website
  • e-books that are available commercially (currently only in versions for kindle sold by Amazon)
  • one to one tuition in music history and theory (this can be done face to face or remotely)

Please feel free to leave a comment.

Barry Mitchell August 2012

barry.mitchell@theoryofmusic.eu

27 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2008 11:43 pm

    I’m very much interested in old classical music because I like instrumental music, I’m just getting into music because of some I heard on Turner Classica Movie. I can only indicate to you that Morzat is an interest of my I’v listen to it before. I sorry, I can not name anything because, I not great with remembering names. It is something I have to practice. But if there is any download on some I would be quiet interest in listening to it. Also, I Love to hear any African opera, and some unknown vocalist that are still not know today. I like to compare todays music verse earlier voices of lycrics.

  2. writebettermusic permalink
    May 26, 2010 9:00 pm

    What a goldmine of info here, thank you very much for all the effort!

    A lot to get your teeth into, but well worth it!

  3. vidalie permalink
    August 5, 2010 3:04 am

    its good..it help with me with your articles

  4. Iain Stringer permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:39 am

    Excellent site.

  5. May 21, 2011 8:59 am

    Great blog!
    I opened a blog teaching music theory. Go and check it if you want, and tell me what you think: http://beamusician.wordpress.com . Hope it helps. Thanks!

  6. Anonymous permalink
    August 23, 2011 12:44 am

    Thank you for such a great public service. I especially appreciate original texts/libretti with accompanying English translation. Please keep up the good work and may God bless you.

  7. October 7, 2011 3:18 pm

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing your hard work!

  8. March 24, 2012 9:10 pm

    I love very much your work. Always a great pleasure to read it. I manage this site of Mozart’s letters: http://letters.mozartways.com/. Maybe you’d like sometimes to dig some letter there. Congratulations!

    • March 25, 2012 6:38 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I’ve had a look at your Mozart letters site and it is great – keep up the good work!

  9. July 16, 2012 6:41 am

    Excellent site!! I had to do some research on the history of music for my class assignment but when I turned to internet all I saw was scattered information which was even poorly organized. What I really wanted was first hand information from someone who knows the field but couldn’t find a single blog dedicated to solely music at that time. You are doing a great service and I hope you’ll keep it up for the benefit of information-starved people like me

    • July 16, 2012 2:52 pm

      Thank you very much for your positive comments. It is a lot of work keeping up this blog, though I enjoy it, so it is good to know that it is appreciated.

  10. August 19, 2012 2:15 am

    I really like your article in here and I’m very much interested in old classical music because I like instrumental music and mellow tune. I am enjoying reading it and we are looking forward to see more in here.

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    Christmas music online

  11. October 27, 2012 4:24 pm

    I have something to add to your blog. I published an article this year in defense of just intonation over equal temperament and also augmenting the centuries-old C256hz/A432hz proposition. My horological theory of why A=432hz really clarifies the argument and greatly settles why the standard ought to be changed. Please read the article, titled “A=432hz: On the Proper Concert Pitch and a New Standardization of Tempo,” at http://www.trueconcertpitch.com – or find it at the Amazon Kindle or iBookstore marketplaces. I have made a YouTube video presenting an augmented version of the article as well, @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBQ9XkQyXxI. There is even a Facebook page, named “A=432hz Concert Pitch.” I hope you get a lot out of my work!

  12. December 1, 2012 1:33 am

    Dear Mr. Mitchell

    As someone who grew up with a fascination for both popular & “classical” forms of music, a site like this is of great interest. I am also a student of philosophy (specifically Ayn Rand’s Objectivism) and constantly find myself challenged by our current culture’s hostility toward both a solid appreciation of abstract music, as well as an understanding of philosophy (upon which any true aesthetic appreciation must be based). Having a personal tendency to eclecticism, on the one hand, but given to an almost mystical enthusiasm for the music & the arts on the other, I seek out -above all- music that expresses an integration (rather than mere juxtaposition) of intellectual sense with emotional sensibility, complex structures as the vehicle for expressing profound human passions (e.g. Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc etc). I thank you, and shall continue to read with great interest.

    Sincerely,

    Jae Alexander

  13. January 11, 2013 10:18 am

    For my study in the Netherlands I’m researching the development of music in the past 2000 years. This site was one of the sites that inspired me for the research. Thank you!

  14. January 16, 2013 1:30 am

    I am regular reader, how are you everybody? This
    paragraph posted at this web site is truly good.

  15. February 25, 2013 1:19 pm

    Dear Mr. Mitchell, I just found your site, Amazing! Truly inspiring and very useful not only for a musician, composer and music teacher, as in my case, but for all those who love music. Thanks for sharing all that information and for the so many hours of work and research that takes to keep a page like this.
    Good luck and keep up the good work!

  16. jeanne permalink
    April 24, 2013 10:05 am

    Really appreciated your lucid essay on the opera seria. Just one comment I think Durastanti was a mezzo soprano woman not a castrato. She played the dfirst Sexto in Cesare.
    Keep up the good work. jeanne

  17. July 27, 2013 4:57 pm

    Hello there I am so thrilled I found your web site, I really found you by accident, while I was searching on Google
    for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a tremendous post and a all round interesting blog
    (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the awesome job.

  18. November 15, 2013 1:52 pm

    Hello there I am so thrilled I found your web site, I really found you by accident, while I was searching on Google for something else

  19. Atilio Silva permalink
    May 22, 2014 7:39 pm

    Muchas gracias Sr. Barry Mitchell, a usted y sus colaboradores, por este hermoso regalo

  20. Atilio Silva permalink
    May 22, 2014 7:41 pm

    Thank you, very much, for this magnificent gift

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