In this textbook Professor Nicholas Cook provides an unusual and stimulating approach to teaching analytical concepts through the study of style composition. The emphasis is on analysis and decision-making within a practical context, drawing on `real' musical examples ranging from J. C. Bach to early Beethoven. Students can use these examples as models to complete compositional assignments provided in a number of subject areas. The illustrative use of contemporary source materials such as sketches and pedagogical exercises (e.g. Thomas Attwood's studies with Mozart) provides a useful historical framework and draws together an appealing combination of musical disciplines.