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I really like this book. It comes from the early 20th century, when some of the best musical ideas of the future were being formed. I have not found a book yet that teaches composition from this approach. Most books just give you short, meaningless examples of the subject at hand that make things even more vague. This book's examples are very effective and make things very clear.The approach to melodies is the most practical I've seen. I like the breakdown of the Beethoven sonata. This is a step-by-step instructional text. It is rooted in traditional tonal music, but the techniques are still valid for other styles. Stanford talks about other approaches such as balance, etc, in much more detail and from a more practical manner than other texts. I have several books about composition. Only 2 student-level books use a practical, hands-on method such as Stanford. I'm glad I stumbled across this gem.