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Nicholas Cook, Analysis Through Composition

Nicholas Cook, Analysis Through Composition Music Analysis, 19/i (2000) CRITICAL FORUM make unlimited photocopies, although it would be a hardhearted teacher that did not encourage students to gain permanent access to these particular materials. As suits a course designed to develop progressive skills, the book is principally divided into four increasingly sophisticated sections. As Cook consistently demonstrates, the approach is inclusive, and therefore avoids that dryness which can accompany more detailed studies. His treatment of the Minuet from J.C. Bach's Sonata in D, Op. 5 No. 2, is a case in point. In his introductory section headed `A Page of Music', Cook examines this score from every conceivable standpoint, placing it in a number of historical, commercial and social contexts before going on to discuss it in detail, including even the benefits of its landscape format. Finally, as an integral part of this process, he includes some reductive analytical methodology. In short, he makes indifferent music, which is surely devoid of true personality, seem relevant and fascinating. Further, his musical illustrations are taken from both a first edition and a modern transcription, with the whole compositional process subjected to a very thorough but compelling sequence of reductive treatments. Thus, the worst excesses of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

Nicholas Cook, Analysis Through Composition

Music Analysis , Volume 19 (1) – Mar 1, 2000

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2000 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0262-5245
eISSN
1468-2249
DOI
10.1111/1468-2249.00111
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Music Analysis, 19/i (2000) CRITICAL FORUM make unlimited photocopies, although it would be a hardhearted teacher that did not encourage students to gain permanent access to these particular materials. As suits a course designed to develop progressive skills, the book is principally divided into four increasingly sophisticated sections. As Cook consistently demonstrates, the approach is inclusive, and therefore avoids that dryness which can accompany more detailed studies. His treatment of the Minuet from J.C. Bach's Sonata in D, Op. 5 No. 2, is a case in point. In his introductory section headed `A Page of Music', Cook examines this score from every conceivable standpoint, placing it in a number of historical, commercial and social contexts before going on to discuss it in detail, including even the benefits of its landscape format. Finally, as an integral part of this process, he includes some reductive analytical methodology. In short, he makes indifferent music, which is surely devoid of true personality, seem relevant and fascinating. Further, his musical illustrations are taken from both a first edition and a modern transcription, with the whole compositional process subjected to a very thorough but compelling sequence of reductive treatments. Thus, the worst excesses of

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Mar 1, 2000

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