Ludmila Ulehla

Manhattan School of Music

Ms. Ulehla is a faculty member in the College for the Composition.

Ludmila Ulehla has been honored for her valuable half-century devotion and contribution to Manhattan School of Music as a member of the composition faculty since 1947. She has a master of music degree from Manhattan School of Music and was composition department chair from 1972 to 1989. Her commissions include a work for the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players that was premiered in 1998, as well as such past works as /Gargoyles/ for Hindell; /Michelangelo/ for Orchestral Society of Westchester; /Remembrances/ for Heifetz; and /Unrolling a Chinese Scroll/ for Schefflien. Ms. Ulehla has been named Outstanding Educator in /Who?s Who of American Women/, named in the /New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers,/ and has received ASCAP awards. Her chamber opera, /Sybil of the American Revolution,/ was premiered in 1993; and in 1999, /Undersea Fantasy for Orchestra/ was premiered by the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia under the direction of David Gilbert. Her publications, printed by Advance Music, include the books /Contemporary Harmony/ and /Sonata for Improvisation/ for clarinet, soprano saxophone, and piano.

Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue, New York, New York 10027- 212-749-2802

Ludmila Ulehla is a world renowned American composer of outstanding contemporary music.



(534 page book) $35.95


It is the purpose of this book to trace the path of musical growth from the late Romantic period to the serial techniques of the contemporary composer. Through the detailed analysis of the musical characteristics that dominate a specific style of writing, a graduated plan is organized and presented here in the form of explanations and exercises. A new analytical method substitutes for the diatonic figured bass and makes exercises and the analysis of non-diatonic literature more manageable. The explanations describing each technique are thorough. They are designed to help the teacher and the student see the many extenuating circumstances that affect a particular analytical decision. More important than a dogmatic decision on a particular key center or a root tone, for example, is the understanding of why such an underdeterminate condition may exist.

"I have used this book for analysis for teaching and as a creative tool in my own compositions. It is enormously useful and provocative." (Robert M. Abramson, The Juilliard School, New York)

"Contemporary Harmony is one of the finest, most comprehensive texts ever written on the subject. A unique and invaluable contribution to both the student and the professional musician." (D. Anthony Ricigliano, Manhattan School of Music, New York)

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