Essays in musical analysis

As befits their origin in introductory notes for the concert-going public, Tovey's Essays are unforbidding and occasionally even light-hearted in tone. However, they analyse the pieces and describe their structure in much more depth than standard programme notes, even in a few pages each. His fondness for " Humpty Dumptyish " language may irritate at times, but overall Tovey's achievement is impressive: very few commentators have been able to communicate clearly with a non-specialist readership at the same time as revealing so much that is of interest to the trained musician and musicologist. (Readers who wish to see Tovey at his most densely technical may care to examine his book A Companion to Beethoven's Pianoforte Sonatas and its bar-to-bar analytic commentary).

Essays in musical analysis

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