Musical Form and Analysis: Time, Pattern, Proportion by Glenn Spring
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Musical Form and Analysis: Time, Pattern, Proportion by Glenn Spring
Understanding the way music unfolds to the listener is a major key for unlocking the secrets of the composer's art. Musical Form and Analysis, highly regarded and widely used for two decades, provides a balanced theoretical and philosophical approach that helps upper-level undergraduate music majors understand the structures and constructions of major musical forms. Spring and Hutcheson present all of the standard topics expected in such a text, but their approach offers a unique conceptual thrust that takes readers beyond mere analytical terminology and facts.

Evocative rather than encyclopedic, the text is organized around three elements at work at all levels of music: time, pattern, and proportion. Well-chosen examples and direct, well-crafted assignments reinforce techniques. A 140-page anthology of music for in-depth analysis provides a wide range of carefully selected works.

Title of related interest also from Waveland Press: Spencer-Temko, A Practical Approach to the Study of Form in Music (ISBN 9780881338065).


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