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1. Musical

Musical analysis is a generic term for the process of dissecting a given composition into its elements, for the purpose of technical understanding as well as hermeneutic interpretation. Analysis has appeared as a musicological term since 1601, when it is found in the writings of the Rostock high-school teacher and cantor Joachim Burmeister. The second to last chapter of his manual Musica poetica [1] of 1606 is entitled De Analysi sive dispositione carminis musici (“Of the analysis or classification of mu…

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Schmidt, Lothar, “Analysis”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015

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