What are some good books on analysis?

Analyses of individual works for Classical Guitar and general discussions on analysis. Normal forum copyright rules apply.
Nimo956
Posts: 31
Joined: Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:10 pm
Location: Boston, MA

What are some good books on analysis?

Post by Nimo956 » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:07 am

I've been reading through Harmony vol 1-4 by Barry Nettles, as well as Harmony and Voice Leading by Edward Aldwell, which is more of an extensive textbook. Does anyone have any other recommendations?

User avatar
rojarosguitar
Posts: 4106
Joined: Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:24 pm
Location: near Freiburg, Germany

Re: What are some good books on analysis?

Post by rojarosguitar » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:27 am

I thought you mean 'Analysis' as in 'Calculus' - :lol: .
In that case I would have recomanded Shlomo Sternbergs book and every book by Serge Lang :D
Music is a big continent with different landscapes and corners. Some of them I do visit frequently, some from time to time and some I know from hearsay only ...

igycrctl
Posts: 361
Joined: Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:53 am
Location: New Jersey

Re: What are some good books on analysis?

Post by igycrctl » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:24 pm

Nimo956 wrote:I've been reading through Harmony vol 1-4 by Barry Nettles, as well as Harmony and Voice Leading by Edward Aldwell, which is more of an extensive textbook. Does anyone have any other recommendations?
When I search for this, I find the author's name is spelled "Barrie".

robert e
Posts: 490
Joined: Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:49 pm

Re: What are some good books on analysis?

Post by robert e » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:11 pm

rojarosguitar wrote:I thought you mean 'Analysis' as in 'Calculus' - :lol: .
In that case I would have recomanded Shlomo Sternbergs book and every book by Serge Lang :D
Ha! I thought something very different, and would have recommended the classics: Freud and Jung. :wink:

Mr Kite

Re: What are some good books on analysis?

Post by Mr Kite » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:41 pm

Nimo956 wrote:I've been reading through Harmony vol 1-4 by Barry Nettles, as well as Harmony and Voice Leading by Edward Aldwell, which is more of an extensive textbook. Does anyone have any other recommendations?
I'm pretty interested in analysis but have not gone through music school or anything. I guess analysis is the practical side of theory, but I'm not aware of any books that are specifically focused on that side. There are plenty of straight theory books. The standard one is Kostka & Payne, which is pretty pricey if you get the current edition and also pretty dry (from what I saw browsing through it - I don't own it). You would have to be very motivated to work your way though that, I think. A more accessible option would be Walter Piston's book on harmony, although its pretty old at this point.

From time to time there are attempts at a new approach to music theory. You might want to look at Schenker or Lerdahl and Jackendoff - I don't think either of their theories work, but I think Lehrdahl and Jackendoff were at least going in the right direction, and their ideas about rhythm (well they were building on what had gone before - it wasn't completely original) have been very helpful to me.

It looks from previous posts as though, if you post an analysis of a work on here, you are likely to get some helpful comments.

Return to “Analysis of Classical Guitar Works”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: CommonCrawl [Bot] and 0 guests