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I am working with an advanced undergraduate who stumbled into Lewin and transformation theory. He would like to gain enough fluency to understand the application to his own research, but that's about all we have time for right now. Can anyone recommend a good primer that would get us started? I've found several articles claiming to be "introductions" but would love a recommendation from someone who knows this field well. Thank you for any help. (email@example.com)
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It might help to know what the focus and/or intended application is: transformational networks applied to atonal music, transformational theory as it applies to tonal music (triadic transformations/neo-Riemannian), or more abstractly how Lewin uses mathematics and group theory specifically.
I have found this to be a useful introduction for students:
Satyendra, Ramon. "An Informal Introduction to Some Formal Concepts from Lewin's Transformational Theory." Journal of Music Theory 48.1 (2004): 99-141.
Thank you for the good ideas so far. He is working on Arvo Part and tintinnabuli, so I assume the triadic transformation, neo-Riemann angle is what would help most.