What books teach analytical analysis

Among the numerous publications on musical analysis, Kühn's “Analyze Learn” is something new. Where the current instructions are mostly dominated by the question of the compositional technique, Kühn would like to lead his readers to the aesthetic core of the musical work of art. Therefore there are no well-rounded analyzes in the book; in their place there are signposts for the creative use of the analytical tool. On the foundation of secured terminology and pre-formulated requirements, the author demonstrates how an analysis can work that does not proceed schematically (bar 1: chord XY, bar 2 ... etc.), but rather seeks a result that is appropriate to each piece. Being able to ask questions is the central skill here. Kühn's analytical approaches draw on a huge pool of works from all epochs, so that surprising analogies appear again and again and familiar pieces appear in a new light. The numerous note examples make every thought of analysis comprehensible for the reader, and the many attached exercises encourage individual analysis. The refreshingly undogmatic language also contributes to the pleasure with which one reads this new book.

Analysis has moved to the center of music theory instruction for about 20 years. This is also documented by the numerous publications on this topic. However, anyone who would like to learn how to analyze from the available books will be disappointed. All you have to do is submit finished analyzes. Clemens Kühn's book starts right there. It does not present analytical results, but teaches the way to get there and aims to develop a feeling, ability and competence for analyzing. The rich palette of analytical possibilities and perspectives is presented. The many tasks encourage you to apply what you have understood in your own analytical experiments.