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

Debussy (twentieth century 'impressionist' piano prelude)
In this example, the sevenths do not follow voice-leading rules nor do they resolve to a chord a fifth below, except for the last one. This series of chords also contain ninths (marked in yellow) which likewise do not follow the voice-leading patterns of earlier eras. Without specific voice-leading and harmonic function, the sevenths and ninths are part of the basic sonority of the piece, in the same way that triads are in earlier styles.

The Tonality GUIDE tonal music analysis tool kit
information and orientation as you browse around
chord identification
understanding voice-leading
style awareness

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