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Anthology questions

Chap. 1
Tonic triad
Chap. 2
Chap. 3
Dominant 7th
Chap. 4
Chap. 5
I 6/4
Chap. 6
1st inversion
Chap. 7
Chap. 8
V7 inversions
Chap. 9
Linear 6/4
Chap. 10
Chap. 11
Chap. 12
Chap. 13
Chap. 14
Chap. 15
All 7ths
Chap. 16
Chap. 17
V/V etc.
Chap. 18

Chapter 12
Variant qualities

#112 Herr, ich have misgehandelt - Bach

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  1. Analyze this chorale and pay particular attention to chords with accidentals! Ask yourself the following questions about each vertical arrangement of notes (chords):
    • What is the root and quality of the chord that is spelled by these pitches?
    • What is the appropriate lead sheet symbol?
    • What scale degree is the root?
    • What is the "normal" quality for a chord built on this scale degree in minor?
      • hint: the normal qualities are: i ii° III iv V VI vii°
      • hint: MEMORIZE THIS!
    • If the chord you have is not consistent with the "normal" quality, why not?
      • hint: is one of the accidentals the raised 6th scale degree?
        • hint: figure out what the raised 6th scale degree is in this key and find it in the music. Also find the sub-tonics.
      • hint: we're using ascending melodic minor except for the minor v chord which has the lowered 7th scale degree (sub-tonic)
      • hint: the scalar variants in minor are: ii IV vi° VII (raised 6th scale degree) and v (lowered 7th which may show no accidental at all!)
    • Is your chord consistent with one of the scalar variants listed above?
    • If so, then you've got it!

Answers: Don't look at this until you have completed your own. I haven't labeled non-chord tones because it's too time consuming in Photoshop! There are some arguable alternative solutions which I'm sure some of you will favor and that's OK!

#113 Chaconne - Pachelbel

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  1. What is a chaconne? Use a music dictionary or go online to look it up.
  2. The harmonic rhythm for this piece is basically how many chords per measure?
  3. How many voices are there in this piece?
  4. Identify key, lead sheet symbols, roman numerals, non-chord tones, etc.
  5. Which chords are not "normal" for this key? Explain the source of the "abnormality" or variance.
    1. Notice how these chords are used in the progression. Remember.
  6. Describe the cadences and phrase relationships.

#115 Pavana - Byrd

  1. What's a Pavana (Pavanne)?
  2. Who is Byrd? Discount theater owner?
  3. Analyze key, chords, phrases, cadences, etc. All the usual stuff.
  4. Pay attention to the accidentals. What is their source (how do they relate to this key)? How do they effect the chords?
  5. Notice how the variant chords are used. Remember.

#116 Folia - Scarlatti

  1. What's a Folia? Who is Scarlatti?
  2. Analyze everything.
  3. Why is there a natural sign on the c in m4?
  4. What key do m3-5 seem to be in?

#118 Sonata - Mozart

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This audio file begins a bit before the excerpt - listen carefully.

#119 La Traviata - Verdi

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#122 Sonatina - Haydn

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#126 Il Trovatore - Verdi

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#128 Symphony #4 - Brahms

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