Still writing four part. I have found that, even if dissonances are prepared and resolved by the book, they can still be quite jarring. So, I was wondering if it is normal to take extra factors into consideration when dealing with dissonances. From my previous question, I have learned that it is important to take into consideration natural accents created by syncopation and duration. Here I examine two other areas:
- Does the type of dissonance matter (eg tritone, Maj 2)
- If the non-chord note is dissonant with more than once voice before resolution, does this have to be taken into consideration?
In my example here, bar 18 has two simultaneous escape notes: A (highlighted) alto, and C top. The C is dissonant with both the tenor (minor 7th) and bass (minor 9th) before resolving. The bass is also doubled here which I'm sure won't help. The A (alto) below is only dissonant with the bass before resolving.
It does sound a bit jarring. I have tried to soften the blow by giving each note only half a beat, but it doesn't totally mask the problem.
So, this brings me back to my initial points: in four part writing, is it a no no to be dissonant with more than once voice at once ? And are some dissonances to be totally avoided, even with proper preparation and resolution?