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Why does this major-key folk song sound sad?

Because key and emotion are two things that have little to do with each other. Consider these two songs: I Dreamed a Dream, from Les Misérables, and Le rossignol anglais, by Hugues Aufray. (In case ...
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Why does this major-key folk song sound sad?

I'd say it balances between sadness, but with a sense of pride and acceptance of bad fortune, as well. Melodically and harmonically, I find it ingenious. The first stanza is very much 1/4/5 and the ...
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How do voice leading chords work in practice?

I've never even heard of a "voice leading chord". As I understand it, "voice leading" is an aspect of writing harmony or counterpoint passages whereby the individual voices each ...
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Prepared myself for symphonic writing, still very nervous

I'm sorry to say but I'm pretty sure you are not as ready to write a symphony as you might think you are. First off, regarding all this: Should I have a brass corale[sic]? How am I going to deal with ...
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Prepared myself for symphonic writing, still very nervous

A few other thoughts to add in here: You wrote: Should I have a brass chorale? How am I going to deal with the timbres of the instruments I use and avoid clashes unless I want to add drama(as if the ...
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How do I work on mastering keys efficiently?

I know a great way to learn chords, inversions, and any voicings you need! This comes from my teacher Ted Howe. First, learn the chords or voicings you're practicing through the circle of 4ths/5ths ...
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Ballade Pour Adeline: How to understand the dyads?

In that piece the dyads in the right hand (such as the sixths in measures 2-10 and the thirds in measures 11) is simply a melodic duet where the lower note is equally important as the upper note. ...
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Roman Numeral Chords with Slash

The links in this post seem to be broken, but I wanted to add my two cents on the topic because I'm really curious about it myself... When it comes to notating inversions with roman numerals, there ...
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