I'm on the final practice keyboard question in the grade 8 workbook and it seems to be considerably more difficult than the others.

We seem to start in G major, quickly moving to chord half dim vii- (perhaps transitioning through chord ii).

Bar 1-

we do not resolve to G major after chord vii. Instead, on the last beat of the bar, we have a chord that includes E, C and D (?), which then resolves to C maj at the beginning of bar 2.

Bar 3/4-

It is hard to say what is going on at the start of the bar, as i have not been able to fill in the previous harmony. On the face of it, we could be heading back to chord vii, as it looks like a complete copy of the start. We seem to land on E major at the beginning of bar 4, through perhaps some sort of A chord the beat before (maybe some sort of plagal cadence in relative minor?). Very unsure about this.

I am totally unsure about the middle of the bar. Most accidentals are chromatic decoration, but the C sharp here is a real headscratcher (maybe VII/I in D???- but this is followed by Gsharp, so not sure how that works!). Indeed, the bar seems to end with VII/ ii (if we are indeed still in G major).

Bar 5- ii seems to be the harmony, though this would make the circled B in the top part a 9th- so not sure about this at all.

Bar 6/7-

This could be C sharp-7flat 5 moving to D major (as a secondary dominant, although its difficult to know what key we are in down to the lack of previous analysis). We then seem to move to D major for the final cadence.

My analysis is sketchy to say the least! Any help gratefully received!



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  • So, is there a reason half of the notes are missing? See the original score -- page 18 here. Might be helpful in sorting out some of the harmony to have the missing notes... – Athanasius Sep 8 '20 at 19:14
  • I think the reason is that the students don't count the notes but they can hear the music and identify also harmony without analyse just triads. – Albrecht Hügli Sep 8 '20 at 20:03
  • It looks like a composition exercise more than an analysis one. – Old Brixtonian Sep 9 '20 at 0:54
  • Hi guys- on the back of Athanasius sending me the score I have uploaded a revised version of the question which should be a lot clearer!- MANY thanks to Athanasius – EdB123 Sep 9 '20 at 20:17
  • (REVISED): Roman Numeral Analysis of Fuchs- 'Mother Tells a Story'- (the new question) – EdB123 Sep 9 '20 at 20:18

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