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i think there's a translation of fux out of copyright. Also, there are a bunch of texts of some interest if you know german. Wikipedia has some good articles too.

 

However, I suspect those are more specialized than you need. Shell out for some good books. 'Free' is too dear a price for learning badly.

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*Basic theory for ALL styles (except atonal). Very useful for everybody.

http://www.musictheory.net/

http://www.teoria.com/

* Rather straightforward treatise:

http://imslp.org/wiki/Harmony_Book_for_Beginners_%28Orem,_Preston_Ware%29


*Tchaikovsky's treatise. However, he's a bit anal retentive in the last chapters.

http://imslp.org/wiki/Guide_to_the_Practical_Study_of_Harmony_%28Tchaiko...


* "Long" treatise. I don't know if that's meant to be read completely (Aaag!!), but it may be useful as a reference work.

http://imslp.org/wiki/Harmony:_Its_Theory_and_Practice_%28Prout,_Ebeneze...

(among others)


*Orchestration

http://imslp.org/wiki/Principles_of_Orchestration_%28Rimsky-Korsakov,_Ni...

http://imslp.org/wiki/Grand_trait%C3%A9_d%27instrumentation_et_d%27orche...


*"Classical" composition in general (considerable harmonic knowledge is required)

http://imslp.org/wiki/Musical_Composition_%28Stanford,_Charles_Villiers%29

http://bookos.org/book/773582


 

*Jazz harmony

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