Post-Tonal Theory

Table of Contents

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Textbook: Joseph N. Straus, Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory, 4th ed. (New York: Norton, 2016).

Each Straus 4/e chapter ends with a comprehensive set of theory exercises, two in-depth model analyses, a set of guided analyses, and an annotated bibliography with further reading. The first page of each section is indicated below. The complete Straus 4/e Table of Contents is available in Google Books {GB}.

Chapter 1. Basic Concepts of Pitch and Interval, p. 1

Chapter 2. Pitch-Class Sets, p. 43

Chapter 3. Some Additional Properties and Relationships, p. 95

Chapter 4. Motive, Voice Leading, and Harmony, p. 159

Chapter 5. Centricity and Referential Pitch Collections, p. 228

Chapter 6. Basic Concepts of Twelve-Tone Music, p. 294

List of Set Classes, p. 378

Answers to Selected Theory Exercises, p. 389

Index of Concepts, p. 389

Index of Composers & Works, p. 395


Here is a listing of the book's most important tables. As we analyze post-tonal music, we often return to these tables especially the List of Set Classes.

  1. Set Class List
  2. Inversion (TnI, or In)
  3. Set Class Symmetry under Tn/TnI
  4. TC Property
  5. Contour Classes
  6. Interval Cycles
  7. Maximal Evenness


Straus, Joseph N. 2016. Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory, 4th ed. New York: Norton. {GB}

Updated: July 10, 2024

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music