This book provides a clear introduction to musical forms and structures used by composers since the 17th century. Dealing first with the terms phrase and cadence, it extends from simple binary and ternary forms to cover all the principal classical and pre-classical forms, with analyses of key works. Throughout, the text is illustrated with plentiful music examples. This classic text is invaluable to those seeking a concise guide to musical form. It will assist higher grade candidates with the aural section of graded examinations and with the Practical Musicianship examinations.