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Ambiguous chords in Bach's "Ich dank dir lieber Herre" setting (BWV 347)

The image above shows, from Bach 371 Chorales, No. 2 "Ich dank dir lieber Herre" in A major, measures 11 and 12. I'm very confused by this part. 1. first red square, Is that chord I or vi56? ...
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Can a suspension resolve by step in 16th notes?

Here is an example of what I mean. The "suspension" is prepared, restruck and 9 does go to 8 but the 8 is a passing 16th note so I don't know of this counts as resolving the suspension ...
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How to tell an accented from an unaccented auxiliary note?

Please see this answer from the answer book to my harmony workbook exercise. Why is the auxiliary note on beat 2 an unaccented auxiliary note (aux. for short) while the auxiliary note on beat 4 is ...
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How to go about writing multiple melody notes in between chords

In my music theory instruction, we are taught how to utilize one nct between two chords in a chord progression (i.e. check voices for direct and hidden parallel fifths and octaves between chords on ...
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Preparing a suspension by using non-chord tones in the bassline

Is there some kind of technical name for a suspension that is prepared by the bassline before the next harmony starts? So let's say that the note in question is not part of either of the two harmonies ...
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Can a suspension resolve by leap downwards?

Here is an example of what I mean. In the below excerpt from Coldplay's "Don't Panic", the note E is accented and comes after the note F in the previous bar. I have not included this as it ...
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Does tempo affect use of non-harmony notes?

Writing a four part piece for strings at a very slow tempo (55 bpm). On paper, it seems as though the non-chord notes I have selected should work, but I am finding some of them jarring. I am unsure if ...
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What is it called when the melody note is held, but the chord changes to resolve to the final harmony?

I noticed a pattern that I would love to have a name for: The second to last note in the melody of a phrase occurs together with a chord. The melody note is held, but the chord changes. Now the melody'...
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In the Key of C minor what would a D major chord be?

In the Key of C minor what would a D major chord be? The D major is part of a three chord progression. It's preceded by C minor and followed by G major (2nd inversion).
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Denoting multiple suspensions in figured bass Roman numeral analysis

When composing a figured bass Roman numeral analysis for a chord that has more than one suspension, is it typical to denote both suspensions, as I have done at the end of my analysis?
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How would this nonchord tone be labeled? Is it a retardation?

I'm working on an analysis of a song, and there is a section where the phrase starts off on this E-natural note over a B-flat major triad. This is the first note of the melody line. Since it isn't ...
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How would these nonchord tones from Beethoven's Pathétique Sonata best be analyzed?

Hi everyone. I'm working on an analysis of Movement II from Beethoven's Pathétique Sonata. In the measures shown in the image, I am trying to analyze the nonchord tones that occur in the chromatic ...
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Name for this non-chord tone: approach by step then leap in the same direction

Is there a name for the non-cord tone that is described as: an approached by step and then a leap in the same direction? As in (suppose the key of D minor): F-G-D, or D-C#-F?
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Playing semitones consecutively and naming notes

I am learning piano and I am a music novice, so please respond adequately to this :) I have a question about naming notes. If we have a D chord and in walking bass during this chord we follow these ...
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What is this chord in Schubert's D. 531?

Consider following extract from Schubert's Der Tod und das Mädchen (D. 531) : I assume that the indicated chord in the penultimate bar can be seen as a transition between the chords of D major and A ...
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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: Does this ...
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Going from ♭VI to I

I have seen and heard a bVI -> I progression in quite a few scores to create an inspiring feeling (for example, from an F major chord to an A major chord) and was wondering how this could be ...
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Is this an appoggiatura?

Would you call the A going to G in the second group of 16th notes here an appoggiatura? It seems to fit the definition because it is approached by a leap. However, what makes me feel unsure is that ...
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What are Échapées and Cambiatas?

I'm taking an introductory course in Music Theory and got stuck on this part. The way my textbook explains it to me is quite confusing, so if anybody could help with a simple explanation it would be ...
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Why is it called a 9-8 suspension instead of 2-1 suspension?

I know that usually suspensions are referred to by simple intervals, and this is the case with almost all suspensions (4-3, 7-6, 2-3, etc). However, we call it 9-8 suspension instead of 2-1 suspension....
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Would this note from Consolation No. 3 be considered a nonchord tone?

I was playing through Consolation No. 3 by Liszt yesterday, and I had a theory question about something. In the second measure of this picture, the harmony is an E major triad. This section is in A ...
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Thomas Tank Engine theme tune chord sequence - why does it work?

I'm trying to gain some understanding of non-diatonic chord sequences and why they work. I've been listening to the Thomas the Tank Engine theme tune which I believe is in the key of C Major and the ...
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Are these upper voices in this final passage from Handel a bona fide F7 chord or some kind of non-chord tones?

Handel. Preludes, Air, and Lesson... http://hz.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/e/e8/IMSLP12246-Handel_-_Preludes,Air%26_Lesson.pdf EDIT I was complete off the mark with this. The only excuse I can ...
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What are these "advanced or unknown" nonchord tones that I haven't found out on wiki or other sites?

Nonchord tone (Wikpedia) is one of sources I've learned it from. I'm analyzing nonchord tones on Charlie Puth's song, Attention, to get used to them. However, some of them, I call "unknown" nonchord ...
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What does Decorated Suspension, a type of nonchord tone, mean in this below explanation?

I'm learning about decorated suspension. But I don't understand the explanation below. Could you guys help me with this? P/s: I type the script of explanation below, so you guys with smartphone ...
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How to write Roman numeral figures for non-chord tones (NCT) and inversions, triads and seventh chords?

What Roman numeral figures distinguish a 2nd inversion dominant triad with a NCT fourth from a root position dominant 7th chord with a NCT fourth? Related to How writing a dominant 7 sus4 chord in ...
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Can this note be analyzed as a non-chord tone?

I know that post-tonal and popular music can't always be analyzed through the same methods as the Common Practice Period, but I still like to see how people would try analyzing things. This is a ...
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Do I have to prepare and resolve non-chord tones in certain ways?

I keep getting feedback from certain people on a classical music forum that I prepare and resolve my dissonances wrongly and that my counterpoint is off. And this is regardless of what type of ...
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HARMONY- Neighbour note

Can the 7th note of a chord be a neighbour note? For example if we have the Em (E,G,B,D) can the D be a neighbour note if we have E - D - E?
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Harmony - Non-Chord Tones in Bass?

I am just working on my harmony 9, and I am wondering if you can have non-chord tones in the bass?
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What are these non-chord tones in the Jackson Five's "Want you Back"?

for example could u play a neighbour tone twice or got from a chord tone to an nct then to another nct. I was looking at jackson 5's want you back and this appeared to be the case this is written in ...
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Can anyone help with the use of a "Non Chord tone" in Arctic Monkeys' "R U Mine?"

I've recently had a go at analysing Arctic Monkeys' song R U Mine and was wondering about this part shown here: The key of the song is F# minor and and the measure shown starts with a non-chord tone....
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4 consecutive non-chord tones

Looking at the first measure of the chorus in Ecuador https://www.hooktheory.com/theorytab/view/sash/ecuador I have noticed that at the end of the measure there are four consecutive non-chord tones: c#...
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What's the term for ending a melody on a non chord tone? [closed]

If i play a melody with a static chord rhythm of 1 the tonic chord (G major in this case) but if i end the melody on a non chord tone, lets say a C note. What is the term for that? The last note of a ...
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Is Non-chord Tone always the top note?

I have two questions: The first question is as stated in the title. I very often see in the textbook demostration, that a non chord tone is the top note, would it be possible for the inner voice to ...
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Unaccented Appoggiatura

I'm looking to categorize a non-chord note that occurs before a chord note. The non-chord note occurs on the offbeat and the chord note can occur offbeat or on beat, it doesn't really matter. I've ...
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Is there such thing as compound nonharmonic tones?

Like instead of the ordinary passing chords a little info one why they work would be nice too liek how each note in the chord acts as a passing, are there any other non-harmonic tone techniques that ...
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Is it possible to start out on a nonharmonic tone then play its resolution?

For an example if I used an escape tone from F major to C major, using a B-flat note to G, once the chord changes from F major to C major. In all examples I've seen on non-harmonic tones it seems you ...
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