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A Guide to Musical Analysis Paperback – January 17, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0393962550 ISBN-10: 0393962555
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (January 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393962555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393962550
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Haggenmueller Oliver on September 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
In this book, Nicholas Cook explains different techniques of musical analysis in a fairly straight-forward style that is not difficult to understand. You do however need to have a solid background on music theory to understand what he is talking about, as this is not a book for beginners in music theory and music analysis. For those of you who do know a bit about music theory, you'll find some original techniques, some of which are a little outdated. Nevertheless it is a very good complementary read.

For example, he describes one technique whereby you study a piece of music literally for as long as the composer would have taken to write it, to really get into the depth of the piece. Of course, he also says that this technique is the most practical one and he then develops that point further, however there clearly is a feeling in this book whereby you get a lot of tools of analysing music effectively. His techniques go into a lot of detail, which often very technical, but which nevertheless give the reader a complete set of tools to musical analysis.

Four points are awarded to this book, as it very good, however it does not provide an easy read for non experts in the fields of musical analysis. It is more of an excellent complementary read for students, teachers and music historians.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Musiclover on March 30, 2014
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This is not a book to help beginners to learn how to analyze a musical work. It is book about music analysis. Nicholas Cook compares different analysis techniques and explains what does that analysis technique can tell us about the music.

It is worth reading if you have a solid background in harmony, counterpoint, forms, and reductive analytical techniques.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jorge L Santos on February 18, 2015
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Probably the best single book about the most important approaches on musical analysis. Considering the complexity and some sort of "dryness" of the issue, Mr. Cook's writing is clear, didactic and fluid. I think is a book absolutely necessary for any researcher in all music fields.
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