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collective series title of the following works by Schenker:

The series, in which the core of Schenker's theories is enshrined, began life in the commisioning publishing house of J. G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung Nachfolger of Stuttgart, in which I and II/1 were published. Universal Edition of Vienna took over the residual stocks of those two volumes in February 1921, producing new editions of I and II/1 in that same month and then proceeding to publish the remaining two volumes as they became available.

At an earlier stage in his career, Schenker envisioned II/1, II/2, and III all as a single volume entitled Kontrapunkt. Around 1907-09, Schenker planned a volume entitled Niedergang der Kompositionskunst [Decline of the Art of Composition] as vol. III, but that work was not published in Schenker's lifetime.

  • Drabkin, William, "Schenker’s 'Decline': An Introduction," Music Analysis xxiv/1–2 (2005), 3–31
  • Drabkin, William, ed., transcr., & transl., "The Decline of the Art of Composition: A Technical-Critical Study," ibid, 131–231 (Ger.), 33–129 (Engl.)
  • Siegel, Hedi, "When 'Freier Satz' was Part of Kontrapunkt: A Preliminary Report," in Schachter, Carl, & Siegel, Hedi, eds., Schenker Studies 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp. 12–25

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