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First of all, I think it's important to keep in mind that harmony is written for something. I'm going to follow the sort of academic rules of part-writing in my answer, but if this were for "real life" purposes, it would be worth subjecting a lot of those assumptions to the test of what makes the best music (and the most idiomatic music for whatever you're ...


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Of the 12 major keys, F#/Gb is the only one that can be reasonably notated in two ways, since Cb and C# are far more awkward than B and Db. Both F# and Gb are in common use, but Gb is rather more common. Why? If the music sticks to the diatonic major scale (as this piece largely does), then both keys are equally complicated, but major-key music often ...



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