Category Archives: Slonimsky

Two Tonic Scales

Two Tonic Scales Slonimsky’s (1-180) In Slonimsky’s Thesaurus the first 180 scales are what Schillinger calls Symmetric Two Tonic Scales and Slonimsky calls Tritone Progression. As we learned in the last post we can build these symmetric scales by choosing notes between the tonics and

Nicolas Slonimsky was a Russian-born American conductor, author, pianist and composer. He wrote the Thesaurus of Musical Scales and Patterns. These scales and patterns were derived from the Schillinger System of Musical Composition and was used by Rudolf Schramm in his teaching of the Schillinger System at NYU in the 1950's. In fact a pamphlet accompanied the first edition that explains the techniques in the Music Scales Thesaurus that coincides with the Schillinger Books. Below you will find this Pamplet along with the Master Scales.

Decoding Slonimsky

Slonimsky’s Thesaurus catalogues symmetric scales patterns and gives harmonic ideas to go along with them. These are explained in the Schillinger System of Musical Composition. What we mean by symmetric scales is scales that have multiple tonics and these tonics are created by the splitting

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