Welcome to the Internet Music Theory Database!
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Dr. 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
Chapter 1: Scales (140 examples)
Chapter 2: Parallel Voice Leading
Chapter 3: I, V, V7
Chapter 4: I6, V6,
viio6 (112 examples)
Chapter 5: Inversions of V7(156
Chapter 6: IV, II and II6
Chapter 7: Cadential Six-Four Chord
Chapter 8: VI and IV6 (33
Chapter 9: II7 and IV7
and their inversions (41 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
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
Chapter 22: Modulation (91 examples)
Chapter 23: "Ninths and "Thirteenths"
Chapter 24: Neapolitan Sixth
Chords (24 examples)
Chapter 25: Augumented Sixth Chords
Chapter 26: Various Chromatic Techniques (86 examples)
last updated November 2013