SMT-V 10.1, "The Best Laid Plans . . . and Others: An 18th-Century Compositional Outline" by  L. Poundie Burstein with Quynh Nguyen and Jennifer Roderer is now available at

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A standard strategy for music analysis is to reduce out the less essential elements of a composition so as to arrive at a type of musical outline of the work. Both the benefits and problems with such an approach are highlighted in one of the first analyses along these lines, an examination by Heinrich Christoph Koch (1787) of the aria “Ein Gebet” from Carl Heinrich Graun’s oratorio Der Tod Jesu.

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