Questions tagged [harmony]

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How to complete a scale harmonization using Quantz' Versuch

In Quantz, Versuch einer Anweisung die Flöte traversiere zu spielen several harmonic/melodic skeletons are presented as the basis of melodic embellishment. Here are four which cover significant ...
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Chromatic Mediant modulation: Can I use an omnibus progression for this?

So, I am composing a piece representing winter and I am right in the middle of the piece (the piece is in Rondo form and I'm at the C section). I started off in E major, then after being in the ...
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What are some of the underlying harmonies/scales behind this type of songs?

Recently, I came across an album by a guitarist that sounded quite "exotic" and wanted to know more about the theory behind the sounds. Some interesting phrases: 2:00,...
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A: PS 4: S 1: Q 2: Why does my answer continue to be “Partially Correct”?

It is Question 2 under Section 1 on "Connecting Root Position Tonic and Dominant Chords" from Problem Set 4 of Artusi, which my Music Theory II class uses. The only feedback I get from ...
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Jacob Collier “Hideaway” Analysis

can Someone please analyse/explain the chordal part of the lyrics "Even when I close my eyes ,Darling i'll.... " in the song 'Hideaway' by Jacob Collier's ?? The chords are as folllows: ...
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Stepwise bass movement/intermediate (passing) harmony technique

A song I like adds great motion to an otherwise simple progression by adding passing tones in the bass line, leaving the other harmonies unaltered. Please see the following transcription: I am ...
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Chord progression conveniency depending on the harmonic rhythm

this is my first post on this site; I apologize in advance if it is out of scope! I am reusing a harmonic progression I wrote a few years ago, in a different context than the original. Here there is ...
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How to go about writing a second countersubject?

I have written a subject and countersubject. Here is how I went about writing the countersubject: 1st iteration: Restricted to D, G, and A(answer is is D major), all quarter notes 2nd iteration: A ...
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Difficulty following David Neumeyer's analysis of Hindemith

Thanks to @Richard's recommendation from this post, I am reading (or trying to read) David Neumeyer's The Music of Paul Hindemith. Unfortunately, I find myself running into all sorts of ...
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In A natural minor what are the tonic and sub dominant family chords?

Many songs that I study use the natural minor scale so there is never a raised leading tone. In music written this way, there obviously is no dominant chord so then what do the diatonic chords ...
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Harmonic analysis of Fuchs: 'Mother tells a Story'- Any ideas?

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- (...
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Variant Cadences

I've gone through many unusual cadences so far - conclusive cadences that are not V-I, V-i, v-i (rare), viio-I, #viio-i, IV-I, or iv-i, and progressive cadences that are not V, v (rare), V-vi, V-VI, ...
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Using the primary dominant as a secondary dominant to the same tonic?

This came up when a user on Musescore by the name of Tortualex gave me suggestions for my C minor piano sonata after I told him that I wanted to be innovative with it like how Beethoven was more than ...
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What is the internal harmony of this Liszt melody?

This is an exercise taken out of Walter Piston’s Harmony (4th ed). Let me know how you would change my progression. Thanks!