"I find this work well presented in every aspect. In particular: the flow from simple to more complex forms is done well; the attention to any one form is commensurate with the others; the author's clear familiarity with the genres in each category and each musical period; the continual emphasis on the significance of the aural aspect of analysis; the very helpful historical references throughout; and the content in paragraphs. I think it has much to offer in terms of its thoroughness and comprehensiveness, its clarity and its many excellent well-chosen examples and references.-Joyce Dorr, U of North Carolina, Asheville There is no question that the author has identified an area of continuing need: a text on musical form for undergraduates who have completed their required study of harmony and voice-leading.I am pleased that Mathes plans to emphasize "aural experience and contextual listening". Also that "analysis and performance" issues will play a role; this responds both to the special interest and relevance of such considerations for performance majors, and to the increasing attention shown in recent scholarship and pedagogy... We have needed such a book for a long while.-Robert Fleisher, Northern Illinois University "Textbooks on musical form can easily become very wordy and abstract. Mathes' use of musical examples and figures lessens this tendency. He wisely has included at least one example or figure to illustrate each important concept. This approach will make the text more accessible especially to visual and aural learners. The author has continued his systematic presentation building on previously learned elements. I find the text easy to follow, well organized, and understandable. The approach is good especially the emphasis on listening. Musical examples and figures strengthen and clarify the presented items."-Gene Trantham, Bowling Green State U
For courses on the analysis of musical form, with an emphasis on western music from 1700 to the present, in the standard Music Theory curriculum. The Analysis of Musical Form emphasizes aural comprehension, incorporates recent analytic methodologies, and addresses musical form as both process and design. James Mathes wrote this book due to a lack of textbooks written in the past dozen years on musical form.The relatively few texts on the market do not address recent scholarship or methodology, do not address phrase rhythm and formal processes in a systematic or thorough manner, and omit discussion of vocal forms and developments in post-tonal music of the 20th century. There is also a lack of emphasis on aural comprehension of musical forms. Separate chapters on vocal forms and 20th-century music, inclusion of recent developments in analytic methodology with suggested readings, and aural exercises, and accompanying CDs address these problems.