This extremely practical introduction to musical analysis explores the factors that give unity and coherence to musical masterpieces. Having first identified and explained the most important analytical methods, Nicholas Cook examines given compositions from the last two hundred years to show how different analytical procedures suit different types of music.
`Its exposition of a variety of analytical methods is clear, unusually accurate, and persuasive'
Jonathan Dunsby, The Times Educational Supplement
`He has a gift for explaining the philosophy behind an analytical technique, the insights it gives us, the kinds of question it is able to answer and the problems exposed when it is misapplied'
BWilliam Drabkin, The Musical Times
`of interest both to the raw novice who is looking for a simple introduction to the subject and to the seasoned professional who wants a provocative critical assesment of contemporary methods ... carefully chosen and beautifully prepared music examples'
Journal of Music Theory