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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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Communities for discussing harmonic analysis [closed]

Every day I try to pick apart a new song. First I try to get the melody. Then the chords. Then I attempt a functional analysis. Finally I try to zoom out a bit further and "see what is going on". ...
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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 are good sources of sheet music with attached analyses? [closed]

I am looking for sheet music with attached analyses, i.e. roman numerals and/or functions and possibly additional information such as free text. Ideally, it is available in a digital format that can ...
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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 ...
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Chord substituion in Django's Belleville

In the lead sheet I have been working from for Django's Belleville, the A section progression is D - Fdim7 - Emin7 - A7. In most of the backing tracks I can find, the Fdim7 is substituted for a Bmin7 ...
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Chord Sequence Analysis

I've been analysing 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You' by Sting. I'm trying to understand the theory behind the chord sequences but i'm a bit stuck and would appreciate it if anyone could help me. The ...
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Figuring out a modulation

I am currently working on a piano piece and am at the same time trying to analyze its harmony. I am puzzled by a small section where it seems to modulate from C major to C minor, but everything doesn'...
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How to analyze consecutive V7 chords

So I came across a song in which the chord progression consists mainly of 7 chords, but they don't seem to be secondary dominants. It sounds very jazzy and I am aware that jazz compositions ...
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Lilypond voice difficulty analysis

I have a lot of lilypond files for different instruments. To get a selection for players depending on their playing skills, I'm looking for a an algorithm that analyzes a lilypond file voice by ...
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What voltage/amperage is a recording interface (a pre-amp) expecting?

If I were to generate tiny pulses of electricity and feed them directly into my interface (for the sake of some rhythmic analysis I'm doing), what wattage (volt/amps) should I limit them to to avoid ...
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What does a rough analysis on this piece give?

I would like some insight into what could be said of this piece in regards to anything that is generally spoken of a piece when it is being analyzed or critiqued. It is called El Viaje Imaginario by ...
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Harmonic analysis of progression: Fm, E♭, D, Gm

How would you analyze the sequence |: Fm E♭ D Gm :| I hear Gm as the tonic, but that might be just because of the previous D as dominant. Fm and E♭ seem to be in the key of Fm (maybe a dorian ...
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What is the earliest instance of a composer/theorist publishing an analysis of his/her own music?

In the final chapter of his Harmonielehre, Arnold Schoenberg analyzes a brief passage from his own compositional output. (You can find it here, on written page 418 [page 432 of the PDF].) I'm looking ...
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How would one create music based on the principles of Cubism?

How would one create music based on the principles of Cubism? (e.g., 20th century painters: Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger) The basic definition of Cubism calls for the use ...
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Harmonic Analysis for 4 Voices vs Many More Voices

I have taken theory courses on harmonic analysis for a while, whereby we learned principles of analysing the harmonic structure of simple music pieces consisting of 4 voices only (mostly choral works):...
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Mists of Pandaria ambiguous and aggressive tonality

I've been trying to analyze Heart of Pandaria by Russel Brower which is a World of Warcraft song, And I'm having problem decoding what chords are being used to create a surprise and aggression in 00:...
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How do I determine the chord progression Roman numerals?

Let's say I'm playing the chords D, G, A and Bm. I know that D is my key, which would be Roman numeral I. How do I associate the other chords with their proper roman numerals? How would I determine ...
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Roman numerals analysis

I'm studying music theory in https://www.musictheory.net I have reach a point where the roman numeral analysis is explained. A couple of lessons later, I found the next image: I really can't make ...
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Why is Mozart's Turkish March considered a rondo?

I read on Wikipedia Mozart's Turkish March has the form A-B-C-D-E-C-A-B-C But I read in my textbook Listening to Music by Craig Wright that a rondo form is supposed to have more "symmetrical ...
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Analysis of Greensleeves

I had a go at chording out GreenSleeves today: (EDIT: Revised image, thanks ℵ₀) This is very exciting, as it is completely off my map. Here be dragons! The central section (m9-12) looks like a IV ->...
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What is the difference between grouping overlaps and elisions?

I am reading "A Generative Theory of Tonal Music" by F. Lerdahl and R. Jackendoff and I don't understand the difference between grouping overlaps and elisions (this is explained in section 3.4). The ...
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Harmonic analysis of “Walk this Way” by Aerosmith

I'm trying to do harmonic analysis of "Walk this Way" by Aerosmith. Verses and choruses uses I to IV progression, but I wonder about the riff in the bridge. It seem to be played in the E key. Joe ...