TonalityGUIDE - basic tonal music theory and analysis for undergraduates
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Introduction to tonality More about the TonalityGUIDE analysis tool kit Clefs, note labels, intervals and transposition
chord identification understanding voice-leading style awareness

The ToolKIT, which is accessible from all pages of the site, outlines the three main analytical skills that aims to develop. It also links to a short introduction to the study of tonality as well as a reminder of some basics (note and interval labels, clefs and transpositions).

Style Awareness
Introduction Case Study One Case Study Two

Introduction & Palestrina Bach Haydn Debussy

An Example of Stylistic Change: The Added Minor Seventh

Bach (early eighteenth century chorale)
In this chorale setting (again for four voices) the voice-leading characteristics concerning sevenths seem remarkable similar. All the sevenths appear on weak (quaver) beats except for the one in the tenor part at the beginning of the last bar, which appears as part of a suspension.

The main difference from the Palestrina is one of frequency and emphasis: there are so many prominent sevenths in the texture. Because the writing is more homophonic, there is also much stronger sense that these are chords in their own right, rather than merely by-products of the voice-leading.

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chord identification
understanding voice-leading
style awareness

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