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Textbook for music analysis [closed]

I've searched for previously asked question about the recommendations but all those questions focus on some specific topics in music analysis. e.g. Bach's Fugue or Jazz, etc. So, this is not duplicate....
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Compound Operations in Basic Atonal Theory by John Rahn

Looking into John Rahn's Basic Atonal Theory for Compound Operations. I’m reading John Rahn's Basic Atonal Theory. What I dont understand is how the T11l(T7(Tol(T2(T5(X))))) example, in this section 3....
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Diminished seventh spelling but functioning as an Augmented Sixth?

I know that there are many ways to resolve a diminished seventh chord, but only a few ways to resolve an augmented sixth chord. I have done modulations from the minor tonic to the major subtonic using ...
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What is sufficient information to identify a classical music piece?

I am a software engineer, and I am downloading Public Domain Classical Music. The original filenames are an inconsistent mess, and I would like to correct that. I have some metadata at my disposal, ...
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Does the subdominant prepare the dominant : a general rule? [closed]

Can we say that iv prepares the V in a minor key? Because iv is a subdominant chord and V is the dominant?
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In what language-level in Chomsky's hierarchy would the chord-progressions of classical music be categorized?

Formal languages In language-theory and grammar-theory, a language is the output generated by a grammar. Let's say "the grammar" is the rules and "the language" is the sentences and words that may ...
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“Maybe tomorrow - Stereophonics”, is my analysis right?

I'm an amateur, self tought, musician whos's struggling to learn music theory without knowing solfège. I'm trying to make harmonic analysis of easy pop tunes to practice and learn. This song in ...
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How would this chord from “The Chamber of 32 Doors” by Genesis be analyzed?

I'm trying to analyze a song I recently discovered, "The Chamber of 32 Doors" by Genesis. Here is the song link: At 1:02, there is a chord progression with a ...
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Does there exist a way of notating ones own harmonic language?

It's quite clear to most that certain artists have a distinct sound. While a lot of it may be down to production elements and instrument choice, there can really be no denying that their personal ...
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Texture of Beethoven's Symphony Number 8 movement 1

I have been struggling to come up with a conclusion if the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 has a polyphonic texture. But I cannot find a valid reason. Does anyone have any solid ideas of ...
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Analysis of a section

Consider the first section (first 4 measures) of this song : I would like to make a basic analysis of the first 4 measures. My attempt : the key is D minor the chord progression is i--VI--iv--i--V (...
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Choosing a piece to analyse [closed]

I have to write an essay which consists in analyzing a piece of Jazz/Pop/Rock music or a short Classical piece or part of a Classical music score (all between 16 and 32 bars of length). I really don't ...
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Can an Augmented triad be called a Quartal chord?

Since a Quartal chord can be defined as diminished, perfect or augmented fourths, can an augmented triad be analysed as a quartal chord with stacked diminished fourths enharmonically? Also is the ...
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What are the quintessential characteristics of bebop?

What are the characteristics that make bebop, bebop? A well-written answer in my perspective includes but is not limited to the following (credit to @jdjazz for writing (a) through (e)) (a) the ...
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What are good resources for research on a particular work? [closed]

Are there some well-known resources for scholars, like JSTOR is for academic papers, or specialized publications? Any type of investigation on a work is of interest, musical analysis, theory, ...
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Beethoven “Appassionata” measure 42

I’m trying to figure out the chord progression in the highlighted measure. I know the key shifts from A flat major to minor, but what do the #c minor and A major chords do here? How can I write them ...
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Help with analyzing sus and add chords in this progression

I have been trying to analyze a score (the first one that I have attempted) and I'm a bit confused about how to analyze these chords. Here's the part (and here's the full piece for context): Take the ...
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What can I call these sustained tones, under which the harmony changes but does not create dissonance?

In an analysis of Haydn's "Piano Variations in F minor" my student has used the term "pedals" to describe the first 3 Es of the piece in the top line/right hand...and also the 3 Fs at the end of bar 2....
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Understanding bVII harmony [duplicate]

I was analyzing "Try to Remember" from the musical "The Fantasticks" and became stumped on what seems to be a flatted seventh major chord stuck in the middle of the song. I'd like to understand what's ...
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Does the concept of rhyme make sense when describing music?

We're all familiar with the concept of lyrical rhymes. For example, the words through, curfew and blue all rhyme despite being spelled differently because the sound of their final syllable is the same....
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Lilypond: Looking for script to analyze .ly file

I have a lot of lilypond files each representing a single musical piece. There are many kinds of instrumentations in the lilypond files. I want to get some simple statistics from a single lilypond ...
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Pandiatonicism in “She’s leaving home” (Beatles)?

In a documentary about the Beatles it was said She’s leaving home is in aeolian mode. I thought this would be rather dorian as we have a major 6th in the scale passage of the cello after the first ...
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bIII upon bII5, bII7#11omit3, how to name that chord in this context?

Note : I had trouble to name this question properly. I would've gone with "What's that chord name" but it doesn't seem to help anyone that would stumble across a similar problem to find my question. ...
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Why does this chord progression work? I feel like I've heard it before but can't find the pattern

I had this song stuck in my head all day and tried to play by ear the section that starts around 1:40 on the guitar. If I'm not wrong, the chord progression here is the following : |Am / / / |C / / /...
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How to read Bach's Prelude C#?

The Prelude in C# major (BWV 848) with 7 sharps looks quite difficult for reading. Is there an easier way to decipher and analyse this piece and understand what's happening, especially the secondary ...
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Two types of chromatic chord progressions?

Sometimes chromatic progressions seem to just shift a chord a certain amount of semi-tones with no regards to the scale like chromatic mediants and chromatic planing, chromatic alterations, etc. But ...
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How objective is the structure of a notated piece of music? [closed]

How objective can the analysis of a notated piece of music into a hierarchical structure of some "constituents" be? Consider a given piece of music in notated form and structurally analysed by ...
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analysis of The Man Who Sold the World

So because I looked at the sheet music I assume the home key is either F or D minor. I understand the basics of using Roman numerals I'm just not sure if D minor should be i or F should be I. It seems ...
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Analysis — what key is this segment in? [closed]

I dabble with my piano sometimes—at a beginner level, as you will see. I just improvised this sound today, and now I was thinking what key it might be in. I wanted to say G minor, but that uses B-...
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Functional harmony analysis question

I am looking at the song “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley and trying to analyze it. It seems to be in the key of G. The verse has the I IV ii and vi in a 4 bar loop. The third time through the 4 bar ...
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What is the chord of the second bar of KV310/1

The score of the beginning first movement of Mozart's KV310 sonate can be seen and heard here. The first bar is the chord a minor, but what about the second bar (mi sol# si re la)?
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How should I analyze this passage? As vii°7, V7, or both?

So, I'm doing another Beethoven analysis, this time using the Liszt transcription of Beethoven's Fifth so that I can more easily see the harmonies and form. I am analyzing it passage by passage, first ...
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Need help analysing song

Newbie here and just stared analysing songs I came across this tune that has the following chord progression Dmaj7 Dmaj7 | Fmaj7 Fmaj7 | F#m F | D D The song seems to resolve on an A but doesnt ...
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How would these chords from “Christmas Time Is Here” be analyzed?

I'm wondering how to go about analyzing some of the chords from this piece. I have a lot of tonal harmony knowledge, but am a little limited in my knowledge of jazz theory. However, I'd love to hear ...
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I need help understanding how to assign roman numerals to a key as well as how to do a melodic analysis [closed]

Here is the link to the questions: https://scontent.fybz2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/s2048x2048/76767498_631590154044645_5429312693389492224_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ohc=...
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The Meaning of a Musical Idea

If there are multiple valid interpretations of a piece of music, but the composer of the music states that only one of those interpretations is what they intended, are other interpretations still ...
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the meaning of figure-work in the musical field perhaps with examples

Reading the book The creative development or f Johann Sebastian Bach I happen to come across the term figure-work when the author analyzes pieces by the great musician.
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What is this chord in Grande Valse Brilliante?

The chord circled in red is what I am asking about. I know that in the measure before, there is a diminished seventh chord. I'm certain that this is a dominant function chord(or at least, locally to ...
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Characteristic scale degrees

Came across an article at openMsicTheory.com about harmonic function. Below excerpt was about finding function of a chord Each of the three harmonic functions — tonic (T), subdominant (S), and ...
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Sources for analysis of Bach fugues?

I've been working on Bach's Sonata #1 for Solo Violin (BWV 1001) and I have concluded that I would benefit from some sort of analysis of the Fugue. In particular, something that shows every point and ...
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Features of a Coda section

I came across a question in a music theory book, which asked about explaining why bars 30-36 in the following music extract could be considered as a Coda. The extract is from Prelude in C minor by ...
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What is an altered chord?

A chord can be altered in many ways, but not all alterations make a chord an "altered" chord. Which alterations actually make a chord an altered chord? Do altered chords have special notation?
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Augmented triad in Pathetique Sonata? How does it function?

I analyzed the harmony of the Pathetique Sonata as you already know, but one thing about the harmony in the first movement made me curious. No, not unconfirmed modulation or anything like that. No, it ...
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Unintentional plagiarism while composing

I have recently started composing using some knowledge that I got after a few months of studying counterpoint and harmony (well it is more like trying to compose). And I have mentioned that quite ...
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Is Counterpoint always possible?

I've searched for this question online many times, but never found anything close to an answer: Given a cantus firmus, is it always possible to do counterpoint with it? The rules don't appear to ...
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Intro of A Whiter Shade of Pale: is my analysis of chords correct?

I wonder about 2 points in this intro (I can ask them in to different questions if desired) I'm not sure whether I hear this progression correct ... The beginning ...
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Ballades (Chopin) Harmony Question

I don't listen to much classical; however, I recently found this beautiful work by Chopin. I am wondering if you could help me explain a particularly amazing moment in the piece. Please refer to ...
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Determining roman numeral notation

I am just starting to learn music theory so if I'm making an obvious mistake, forgive me. Given the chord progression D major B♭ major F major C major, I have assumed that it is in the key of F major ...
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Rootless chords in Beethoven sonata?

Okay, I came across a bit of a wrinkle in the paper as I analyzed the third movement of Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique. It has to do with this passage in the C section(which is in Ab major): For those ...
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Analyzed editions of classic piano sheet music? [closed]

I wonder if there exists such kind of editions: with the chords written down together with their function in roman numerals, the structure of the piece, the analysis, etc. More precisely, I'm looking ...

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