The Croatian Association of Music Theorists was founded in Zagreb on March 1, 1997. Today the CAMT has around 400 members who teach music theory an music history at specialized music schools from elementary to high school levels, at general education institutions, or promote music theory and practice in different ways. The CAMT strives to promote music theory, upgrade teaching music theory and the art of music and participate in all kinds of pedagogical activities relating to music theory.
The CAMT publishes the annual journal THEORIA with a circulation of 2500 copies printed every September. THEORIA presents articles about music theory, and is distributed to the members of the Association, all music schools and music academies in Croatia, as well as to all general education institutions where music is taught. The periodical covers a wide range of topics, as THEORIA Nr. 14 demonstrates. Most of the authors are Croatians, but international trends are also covered through translations of texts by foreign authors.
Apart from publishing its periodical, the CAMT is an active book publisher. The list of published items includes ten textbooks for pupils and students in primary and secondary music schools, written by our members and covering the main music theory subjects like solfège, harmony, counterpoint and the analysis of musical forms. Moreover, in the year 2000 we started publishing non-educational books on music, with Esther Meynell’s Die kleine Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach, translated for the first time into Croatian (like the rest of our book translations). In 2005 we published a translation of H. H. Eggebrechts Bachs Kunst der Fuge. Erscheinung und Deutung. (© 2002. Florian Noetzel Verlag, Heinrichshofen-Bücher, Wilhelmshaven. The Croatian translation is exclusively licensed to the Croatian Association of Music Theorists). In 2006 we published a translation of a book about Mozart (Stefan Kunze: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sinfonie g-Moll KV 550, © 1998 by Laaber-Verlag, Laaber. The Croatian translation is exclusively licensed to Croatian Association of Music Theorists). In 2007 followed an extraordinarily popular issue of Ludwig Prautzsch’s book Vor deinen Thron tret’ ich hiermit – Figuren und Symbole in den letzten Werken Johann Sebastian Bachs (the first Croatian edition of 2007 was immediately followed by the second in 2008!). Consequently, Ludwig Prautzsch felt so honoured that he sent us a correction of one passage and the conclusion. Seemingly the Croatian translation of his book is better than original. In the year 2009 we published a translation of the book Was ist Musik? (Carl Dahlhaus – Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht, Was ist Musik?, © Copyright 2004 by Florian Noetzel GmbH, Verlag der Heinrichshofen-Bücher, Wilhelmshaven, Germany, The Croatian translation again is exclusively licensed to the Croatian Association of Music Theorists.) After all the translations it makes us very proud that we published a book by our member: The Golden Section and Fibonacci Sequence in 20th Century Music, by our colleague Sanja Kiš Žuvela, one of the rare scientific studies that deals with the most important aspects of this phenomenon in music: the historical background, the theoretical and analytical tools and the means of application of the Golden Section and the Fibonacci sequence in 20th century music analysis and composition. In 2011 the CAMT resorted to discography, publishing its first compact disc, an album by our member Vladimir Bodegrajac.
For the youngest students of music schools we invented a game: Musician, do not anger! or Musician’s Ludo. This is a set of nearly a dozen games based on knowledge about notes’ duration and pitch. Different games in the set are based on different playing boards. To play the game one only needs one or two normal six sided dice and the basic knowledge of music theory that children are able to master by the end of the second year of elementary music school, depending on the specific curriculum of their school. From this age onwards the knowledge about intervals, scales and chords can be practiced using the games included in the Musician’s Ludo set.
In 2005 the CAMT started a manifestation called The Days of Music Theory that takes place every year in September and October. Its course is usually very intensive, with presentations and lectures in many Croatian towns, with a big meeting in Zagreb, intended for all music theory teachers. Beside prominent Croatian colleagues, in the last few years we invited professors from abroad. In 2010 our lecturer was Franz Josef Stoiber from Regensburg, in 2011 the lecturers were Nika and John Koslovsky from the USA, and in 2012 our foreign lecturers were Leon Stefanija (Slovenia), Senad Kazić (Bosnia and Hercegovina), Anica Sabo and Zoran Božanić (Serbia).