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Musical analysis can be defined in terms of an attempt to identify the way music works. Analysis is “when [an author] dismembers something multifarious into its parts, in order to give his reader a full appreciation of the matter in hand” (Bent, 1994, p. 21).
21). The means and methods used to identify the working of music vary from one analyst to another depending upon what purpose the analysis serves. Musical analysis has a history that dates back to 1750s, though it has also existed from the Middle Ages as a scholarly tool. A.B. Marx has been known for the formalization of concepts regarding music understanding and composition from the later half of the 19th century. While musical analysis is a way to identify how music works, it has been a subject of criticism since musical analysis has been thought to mutilate the musical work’s spirit through decomposition. It is said that “too much analysis kills the spirit of a performance” (Poore, 2005). My understanding of musical analysis is of a technique in which the working or a piece of music is judged on the basis of some well-defined scales or criteria. It comes with the presumption that a piece of music has to have a definite function and that it must conform to the set principles in order to be considered valid or credible. ...
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