Nicholas Slonimsky: Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns

Nicholas Slonimsky: Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns

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Since its publication in 1947, great musicians and composers of all genres - from Arnold Schoenberg and Virgil Thomson to John Coltrane and Freddie Hubbard - have sworn by this legendary volume and its comprehensive vocabulary of melodic patterns for composition and improvisation.

If you look at page 40 in Nicolas Slonimsky’s Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns you’ll discover where Coltrane most likely got the idea for ‘Giant Steps’ - saxophonist Peter Wettre, quoted in Sendmemusic Magazine Issue 137 Dec 09

Chapters include:

Tritone Progression
Ditone Progression
Sesquitone Progression
Whole-Tone Progression
Semitone Progression
Quadriton Progression
Sesquiquadritone Progression
Quinquetone Progression
Diatessaron Progession
Septitone Progression
Diapente Progression
Sequiquinquetone Progression
Heptatonic Scales
Heptatonic Arpeggios
Pentatonic Scales
Bitonal Arpeggios
Twelve-Tone Patterns
Crossing Intervals
Division Of Twelve Tones Into Four Mutually Exclusive Triads
Quadritonal Arpeggios
Invertible Dodecaphonic Progressions
Intervallic Series
Mirror Interval Progressions
Complementary Scales
Permutations
Pandiatonic Progressions
Double Notes
Plural Scales And Arpeggios
Polytonal Scales
Polyrhythmic Scales
Polytonal Polyrhythmic Scales
Palindromic Canons
Autochordal Harmonization
Harmonization In Major Triads And Seventh-Chords
Synopsis Of Chords

Book, 244 pages.

An astounding feat of invention and knowledge - Leonard Bernstein