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I'm a passionate non-professional musician and I find it extremely helpful to know something more about the pieces I practice. I tried to find musical analyses (formal, rhythmical, melodical) in the internet but it was completely impossible. (I look for analyses of Schubert's first and Rachmaninov's second piano trio.)

Does anybody have some advice where to look for analyses of classical pieces?

EDIT: To clarify: I'm looking for a list of webpages where one can find analyses of many classical pieces.

  • Why don't you just learn music theory and do the analysis yourself? – Neil Meyer Jan 28 '15 at 19:18
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    Good point. I already tried this. But as a non-professional musicologist I am simply not able to grasp the full significance of such masterpieces. But just to make it clear: I do not think that analysis is the only possible approach to music. Intuitive understanding is necessary before approaching the piece from different sides. – quan Jan 28 '15 at 21:17
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    Reading analysis is actually quite helpful for learning music theory and developing analysis techniques. Reading others' analysis also gives different perspectives than limited self interpretation learnt from a book. – Guney Ozsan Jan 29 '15 at 11:52
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    Why do you need to use the internet? It is full of unreliable information. It's become the default source for all information and education-that's not a good thing. Music Theory, Analysis, and Musicology are not new subjects. Many good books have been written on all the subjects you are interested in, by experts in the various fields. Read them: Borrow them from a library or buy them: There are now a great many eBooks-available for Kindle, etc. Musical knowledge is difficult to acquire and it's time and labor consuming to write well and knowledgeably about music - so it's worth paying for. – Stinkfoot Oct 31 '17 at 22:41
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I think you are looking in the wrong place. There are many printed books on the subjects you are interested in, in libraries. These books have been written since the time of Schubert and Rachmaninov, but their contents have not made it onto the Internet.

For example, I did a quick search at Google Books to find references to old books in libraries for "rachmaninoff form analysis" and I came up with a bibliography of dozens of books on the subject -- books which you should go looking for in a large public library or university music library.

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    Or IMSLP for at least some: imslp.org/…. Internet Archive for even more: archive.org/details/texts?and[]=music%20analysis. – user16935 Jan 28 '15 at 17:26
  • This is exactly what I'm looking for. Are there similar links? – quan Jan 28 '15 at 21:11
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    Don't know, but you have maybe a better idea of the kind of links to look for now, eh? – user16935 Jan 28 '15 at 21:52
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The appeal of the internet is that books do not play back music and it is very important to hear examples along with written/spoken words. The classic textbook by Kostka is great but with such books, it is a bit of work to play the CD along w the book or strip the CD and go back and forth with a computer to play as you read. http://openmusictheory.com is a good site but I feel like a lot of books and sites do not offer as many examples as they should, for brevity. Great composers became great thru many many examples.

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