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Harmonic analysis of arpeggios in Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

I've always liked the arpeggio section in dance of the sugar plum fairy, it sounds so sweet and mysterious. I was trying to figure out the idea behind them. Here's the section in Synthesia. From ...
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Why is the final section of Liszt's La Campanella working so well?

The ending section of Liszt's La Campanella is the most beautiful I've heard so far. I'm referring to the change in melody, from this point all the way to the end: ...
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Does Bill Conti's Thomas Crown Affair theme use a specific mode?

So I was watching The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) (The remake, not the original) and I was struck with the colors and general feel of the main theme, composed by Bill Conti. I immediately wanted to ...
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Classical music theory notation for chord inversions (figured bass)

In classical music harmony analysis, we see the chord inversions notated like I6/4, I6, V4/3. Examples: What are those numbers? How do they define the inversion? What's the theory behind using ...
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Why do we care about the interval between a pair of notes and not the product of a pair of notes?

As a computer scientist, I think of each element of musical analysis as a computation we have chosen to do on the music for some reason. I'm not saying I understand how humans decide what the meter ...
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Harmonic Analysis of Chopin's etude op.10 no 5

In the circled part, what is the harmony? Is the E-flat a non-chord tone or is this just some weird chord? (I've only learnt basic harmony.)
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What makes a piece sound like Beethoven?

I can't seem to find non-harmonic analyses of Beethoven's sonatas. And I'm not a classical music analyzer. That makes it hard to write a sonata in the style of Beethoven when I don't know what ...
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Does the harmony change in this part?

In the circled part, does the harmony change to ii or is the D an échappé (escape note) to the dominant?
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Are these “power chords” in a classical composition?

I've been trying to figure out the chord progression from the beginning of this Mussorgsky piece (orchestrated by Shostakovich, link below) and I'm just curious if I'm getting things right. The chords ...
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What's the theory behind Chim Chim Cher-ee?

Chim Chim Cher-ee has a fantastic chord structure: i, IIIaug, III, IV, iv, i, II7, V Most of those transitions make sense to me. However, there are three transitions that I don't quite understand: ...
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What is the musical form of Saint-Saens Danse Macabre?

My first ("blind") guess was that it is in rondo form with two themes, but when I performed analysis, it somehow doesn't fit any form that I can think of. This is what I figured out: intro a b a' a ...
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Roman Numeral Analysis of Tension-Heavy Jazz

So far, I have tried doing Roman numeral analysis mainly on Classical- and Romantic- era music. However, I just took a look at some Miles Davis, and didn't know what to do - there were so many chords ...
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Help with a Minecraft Piece Analysis?

So I did an anlysis for a Minecraft Piece for a video I'm working on. I was wondering if there were any glaring errors? I called the chords that had arpeggiated the 9th Maj9 chords, but for some that ...
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F Dm Am C (Lydian?) Progression

I've been recently wrapping my head around the analysis of the following progression: F Dm Am C. Would you agree it's got an undeniable lydian vibe? I know an explicit lydian progression should ...
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Final chord of Duruflé Requiem

I recently sang, and separately listened to a performance of Duruflé's requiem. While listening, I was struck by the last chord of the in Paradisum, which adds an unexpected note half way through (and ...
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Chord Succession vs. Chord Progression in Douglass Green's “Form in Tonal Music”

Douglass Green defines "chord succession" as a movement of chords that starts in a certain area and reaches the same area (I believe "area" means the classification as tonic, mediant, submediant, etc ....
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What is Chris Potter playing here?

NB: This is all in Tenor Sax key (Bb), not Concert I've been mulling over the following excerpt of a Chris Potter solo on the tune "Just One Of Those Things," I find it probably the most harmonically ...
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What is V65/III in D major?

In the key of D major what is V65/III but, the III is natural? I'm having a hard time with this. Also, V7/bVI?
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Where is the fragmentation?

I don't really see, where these fragments are meant to be taken from. The only thing that seems fragmented to me is the idea of sequencing pitches downwards. But doesn't fragmentation refer to Rythm?
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Is this the wrong way of analysis?

This is a piece from the 16th century by Thomas Tallis called "If ye love me". I started by coloring the sentences in the different voices to make it more visible to me. I think this was a good way, ...
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Roman numeral anaysis help

Hello, I'm trying to do a roman numeral analysis of this piece, but i could not figure out the first two bars. Especially the third beat of the second bar.
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Why is bass note so important in harmonic analysis of music?

In any type of harmonic analysis the bass plays a big part in determining the function of the harmony. There are even special ways to describe what note of the chord is in the bass (known as ...
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Origin of Roman Numeral Analysis

Out of curiosity, I was searching for the origin of Roman Numeral analysis and the only online source I could find was this passage in Wikipedia: Gottfried Weber's Versuch einer geordneten Theorie ...
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Which roman numeral should I use for F# diminished chord in the key F Major?

In the key of F major, what roman numeral is the F# A C chord? I know it is a diminished chord. It is going from a F to F#dim to Gm7
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Roman Numeral Analysis: What is a Bb/Db/F chord in the key of C Major?

In the key of C Major what is the Roman numeral for a B ♭/D ♭/F chord that goes to a flat VI?
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Why is this segment of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” in B minor and not D major?

This is taken from the "E.T. The extra-terrestrial" score: There is an analysis of here: and this screenshot is from 00:40 I do not understand the annotation: The ...
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What's going on in measures 11 - 16 of Beethoven's Sonata Appasionata?

I'm studying the Neapolitan Chord and the textbook includes the following excerpt to analyze. Up until measure 10 I understand what's happening, but I have no clue how to interpret measure 11 and ...
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Harmonical analysis of Fm D♭ E♭ B♭

How should I analyse this chord progression: Fm D♭ E♭ B♭ ? Is it (in A♭ major): vi IV V II ?
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Harmonic functions of chords in “Killing Me Softly”

I have some background in classical harmony, and now I'm reading through "The Chord Scale Theory and Jazz Harmony" by B. Nettles and R. Graf as an introduction to modern harmony. In Ch. 2 they ...
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How is a chord progression with G#, D#m, F and G possible?

I was analyzing Gone Hollywood by Supertramp, and from around 0:22 a riff starts. The chords in the riff are G#, D#m/F#, F and G. The weird thing is that in the key of G# major the D# minor chord ...
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Chord Progression “Time” - Hans Zimmer

I was taking a look at the soundtrack for the Inception movie:"Time" by Hans Zimmer. Does anyone understand what kind of a weird progression he uses? I tried everything from cadential to sequential ...
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Analysis of the chord progression in Mozart's “Rondo in D” K485, mm. 9-16

Could some proofread this? I don't feel like it's correct. I'm studying with a book and this is at the beginning of a chapter about Sentences. The main confusion point is the progression. Does the ...
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What is state and response and modal sequence in music theory structure analysis?

So in for say a sentence structure, we have the basic idea phrase, and then it repeats the basic idea again. However, the second repetition basic idea can be either an exact repetition, state and ...
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What does this arrow mean in the chord annotations?

What does the arrow (which I've highlighted) mean?
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Cadence in Haydn's String Quartet in G, Op. 54, No 1, i, 1-13

I'm studying with a book called "Analyzing Classical Form" and it says that the cadence in this piece starts it's cadence on the 2nd half of m 10 but that's a III(5) and I'm so confused. Download the ...
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Taxonomy of themes in classical music

I am reading Dr. B.-G. Cohrs's note [C] on the (fascinating) history of the Symphonisches Präludium, now commonly attributed to Anton Bruckner. I was a little mystified by the following remark: The ...
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How to find efficiently and systematically audiovisual analysis of pieces?

An elderly relative's debility inhibits reading music analysis only in writing: so it is off-topic. I mean 'audiovisual analysis' as analysis of pieces with music history and theory in video with ...
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Key analysis of piece with roots in A and later on G

So I have a piece written in C, with very few accidentals. However the bass resides mainly on A. Am I correct in assuming that most probably it means the piece is actually in A minor? Later on I use ...
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Software support for roman numerals and functions

I have seen how someone used Musescore, lyrics and a special font to attach roman numerals to a score. I have also seen examples of roman numerals in Sibelius. I have no idea how that was done. I ...
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What is the Hanson system used for?

Recently I've been learning about alternate analysis techniques used for modern compositions and one that I've recently learned about the Hanson system partiality described below: Now as shown in the ...
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Why are pure tones depicted as sine waves?

This is pretty much the only thing in music theory (that i've covered so far) that I cannot understand. What I would expect to hear is what you get from LFO, or Low Frequency Oscillator represented by ...
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What are some good classical pieces to start learning analysis for the beginner?

I'm in Piano grade 7 Royal Conservatory of Music and I'm finding Analysis to be quite challenging. I have no problem reading the music but if I really want to be able to learn a piece well I have to ...
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Need help analyzing unusual chord [closed]

In the Kool & The Gang song "Fresh", there's an unusual yet intriguing chord at 2:11 in the song -- this particular chord has had me stumped trying to identify it ever since the song's release in ...
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Analysis of J.s.Bach' s harpsichord concerto in A Major?

When I was analyzing Bach's harpsichord concerto in A Major (1st movement),I came to a part that has a certain harmonic property, which is used frequently in the baroque period especially by Bach. ...
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Sharp Fourth Scale Degree in the Goldberg Variation “Aria”

My question relates to the C# in the 3rd measure. I understand that the section eventually modulates to D major which contains that C#, but that does not seem to happen until the 9th measure. What ...
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In C major, how might the use of A#sus2 → E major be described from a theory standpoint?

I have the progression C G Am G D G then C G A#sus2 E F G Am So this is suppose to be in C major from what I know the D is a secondary dominant since it resolves to the G(I suppose), but the A#...
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Rhythmic Analysis in a neo-Riemannian Manner

I was looking at the differences between neo-Riemannian (interrelational) and Schenkerian (hyper-tonal) analysis, which are nearly diametrically opposed, and it occurred to me that every rhythmic ...
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Key/Chord recognition using a computer

I'm a physics student with a great interest in music. I'm researching (as a kind of hobby) in topics which include math applied to music, acoustics, etc. In the last days I've realized that having a ...
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Extra accidents in Roman Numeral analysis in Modulation by Max Reger

I've been thumbing though Modulation by Max Reger and while he explains most of his notation, there is one thing about the figured bass in his Roman Numeral analysis that bothers me. For example, in ...
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Battle for Britain, David Bowie

I'm trying to figure out what's going on in David Bowie's song, Battle for Britain. (The intro ends at 0:35 or so.) These are the chords, near as I can tell. One chord per measure. En B F# A A ...