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The term for chord connections like this, where each note of the chords changes (usually chromatically, almost always step-wise) one-by-one, is linear harmony. It's quite common in Liszt, Scubert, Schumann, etc. Roman numeral analysis is mostly pointless during linear harmony passages, most analysts will either just label it as linear harmony until the next ...


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Although much of the harmony here is triadic, few of the chords function in a conventional way. It is possible to give each chord a "name"; for instance, the first 13 bars could be notated as these chords (with a little enharmonic licence): Em / / / | B7sus4 / B7 / | B7b5 / Bm7b5 Dm7b5 | E7 / Em7 Edim7 | Am7 / F#m7b5 ?? | F#m7b5 / D#dim7 ?? | D7 / / / | ...


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A similar discussions ensued on Using the Dorian Mode In brief, as you shift to other modes with the same tonic—e.g. move from C Major(Ionian) to C Lydian)—the chord families can often be used in the same way despite their changes of quality. The nature of the pressure for resolution might change, and to be sure the sound of the progression will change, but ...



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