Internet Music Theory Database
A Collection of Scores and Sound Files

Prof. Timothy Cutler
Cleveland Institute of Music

Welcome to the Internet Music Theory Database!

Timothy CutlerThe goal of this project is to provide the music community with an online database of tonal music theory examples from the classical repertoire. Presently, we have little access to well-organized examples of theoretical techniques beyond the few excerpts contained in textbooks (often without recordings). Researchers, teachers, and students spend countless hours searching for appropriate examples of theoretical techniques. The purpose of our project is to help remedy this situation.

For each example there is a printable file of the score, an audio excerpt, and a single page that includes both the score and audio recording. For a couple of reasons few of the examples contain analysis. First, I wish to impart my own analytical philosophy as little as possible; it is not important that we all interpret these passages similarly. And second, unannotated scores allow teachers to create assignments directly from the database. Some of you have combined the database with Blackboard to create homework and online quizzes. We have included a link for “suggested ways to use the database” and welcome your ideas.

Currently we are adding additional examples to all chapters. At this point we welcome any suggestions for topics or examples you’d like to see in the database (please email timothy.cutler@case.edu).

Dr. Timothy Cutler is a Professor of Music Theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He received a B.M. in music theory and composition from the Oberlin Conservatory (1995) and a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University (2000). He has presented numerous papers at national and regional conferences and has published articles in The Journal of Music Theory, The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and The Journal of Schenkerian Studies, among others.

Patricia GrayDr. Patricia Gray received a B.A. in music history from Rhodes College and a Ph.D. in musicology from Washington University. As program director for music technology for the Associated Colleges of the South she created a wide variety of projects related to the use of multimedia in the college classroom. She has been the web designer for the music theory database since its inception in 2005

 

INDEX

Chapter 1: Scales (140 examples)
Chapter 2: Parallel Voice Leading (160 examples)
Chapter 3: I, V, V7 (132 examples)
Chapter 4: I6, V6, viio6 (112 examples)
Chapter 5: Inversions of V7(156 examples)
Chapter 6: IV, II and II6 (141 examples)
Chapter 7: Cadential Six-Four Chord V6/4(174 examples)
Chapter 8: VI and IV6 (226 examples)
Chapter 9: II7 and IV7 and their inversions (181 examples)
Chapter 10: Moving Toward V (major only) (30 examples)
Chapter 11: III and VII (32 examples)
Chapter 12: Sequences (52 examples)
Chapter 13: 6/3 Chord Techniques (36 examples)
Chapter 14:
6/4 Chord Techniques (67 examples)
Chapter 15: Neighbor Notes, Neighbor Chords (65 examples)
Chapter 16: Passing Notes, Passing Chords (52 examples)
Chapter 17: Suspensions, Anticipations, Pedals (79 examples)
Chapter 18: Voice Exchanges and the Omnibus Progression (113 examples)
Chapter 19: Mixture (44 examples)
Chapter 20: Fully- and half-diminished VII7 (65 examples)
Chapter 21: Applied Chords (169 examples)
Chapter 22: Modulation (91 examples)
Chapter 23: "Ninths and "Thirteenths" (63 examples)
Chapter 24: Neapolitan Sixth Chords (24 examples)
Chapter 25: Augmented Sixth Chords (121 examples)
Chapter 26: Various Chromatic Techniques (86 examples)

last updated June 2014

 

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