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  1. Analyzing Classical Form: An Approach for the Classroom
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  2. Analyzing Classical Form: An Approach for the Classroom

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Analyzing Classical Form builds upon the foundations of the author's critically acclaimed Classical Form by offering an approach to the analysis of musical form that is especially suited for classroom use. Providing ample material for study in both undergraduate and graduate courses, Analyzing Classical Form presents the most up-to-date version of the author's "theory of formal functions." Students will learn how to make complete harmonic and formal analyses of music drawn from the instrumental works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Part 1 introduces the principal theme-types of classical instrumental music; part 2 provides a methodology for analyzing sonata form, the most important formal type in this style period; and part 3 considers other full-movement forms found in this repertory (such as minuet, rondo, and concerto). The chapters are organized in a way that presents the most basic materials upfront and then leads the student through more details and finer points of theory. Every topic is illustrated with annotated musical examples; as well, the book contains many unannotated examples that can be used for in-class discussion and for out-of-class analytical exercises. A complete glossary of terms and questions for reviewing the theory will help students assimilate the many theoretical concepts employed in the book. A companion website hosted by the author at provides audio and musical scores for all of the examples in the book as well as additional examples for the analysis of the simple theme-types presented in part 1.

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This is, quite simply, the best musical analysis textbook I've seen. The theories are presented comprehensively and clearly, and are illustrated through numerous examples. The narrow focus on the instrumental music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven means that the theories can be based firmly on describing characteristic elements of this specific body of work, rather than presenting a prescriptive essence of what the forms "should" look like.

As a result, this text is extremely practical and useful in understanding the compositions of these three composers. And, because of their tremendous influence on subsequent composers, I have found the theories to be helpful in analyzing western "art" music into the late Romantic period.

The focus on practical, descriptive theories and applying them to numerous musical examples has also paid some unexpected dividends--it turns out that elements of these theories are useful in analyzing music in other idioms,... Read more
If you are looking for a clear book on harmony/form and how it is applied in music then this is the book for you. I am a pianist/composer and I have been needing a resource such as this to help me take it to the next level. This is it!
This is actually an outstanding textbook. It is direct and to the point with clear examples and background information. Nothing is presented in excess and it does a great job acting as a relevant theory review and all encompassing material for teaching an advanced analysis course.
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