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Longer Progressions

introduction diatonic chromatic

introduction | diminished 7th | augmented 6th | Neapolitan

short progs.
longer progs.

A selection of the commonest chromatic chords are introduced in the section on shorter progressions (linked to in the blue triangle). The extracts on these pages simply give a few examples of how chromatic chords are used to modulate between keys and also how they can be expanded across several bars.

Composers in the nineteenth century massively expanded the use of chromatic chords to heighten tension and increase ambiguity, as in the examples below. This level of chromaticism, which is quite mild by the standard of later composers such as Liszt, Wagner and Strauss, falls outside the scope of TonalityGUIDE.

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