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    Resources for Classical piece study

    I asked this question over at the composeforums.com forums and didn't get the answers I was looking for, so I thought I would pose it here:

    Are there any good resources out there where classical works have been analyzed and discussed? For chord prgressions, analysis of melody, harmony, etc.?
    You know, like Alan Pollack did for all of the Beatles songs?
    http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/...-alphabet.html
    He has section by section walk-throughs that examine chord progresssions, melodies, etc. of every Beatle's song.
    I have found bits and pieces in various articles on modulation, tonality, etc. And a good bit on analyzing chord progressions for pop and jazz tunes, but haven't been able to find the same for classical works.

    It was suggested to search UMI for any relavant Honours, Masters and Doctoral theses. ( http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations/ )
    Any other suggestions? Perhaps some good books that cover this kind of thing.

    Thanks!

    Tom

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    Re: Resources for Classical piece study

    squoze,

    If you're into Mahler, here's the Cliff notes analysis of all the Mahler symphonies:

    http://www.andante.com/profiles/mahler/symph1.cfm

    Oh, and thanks for the Beatles link!

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    Go here http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~tas3/wtc.html for an analysis (with audio and java) of Bach's WTC. Pick the piece from the column on the left and enjoy!

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    There are tons of books about just specific pieces at my university's library. If you really want to study certain pieces, you could check up on how you could use your nearest university's library . . . usually its too much trouble for people to want to go through.
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    wes,

    What a great resource - fantastic, thanks!

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    Re: Resources for Classical piece study

    OK, thanks for the info . I didn't know where I might find that type of info.
    I found I could actually use the nearest University's Library, although it is 45 minutes away. I did a little searching in their card catalog, but you're right, I probably won't make the trip over there.
    That's a nice site on the WTC, thanks.

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