Each musical analysis in this chapter should help to put into context the concepts explained in the rest of this book and website. The analyses show how the voice leading and root progression patterns interact and how the voice leading patterns create motivic structures and the root progression patterns create the musical phrase structures in the music and how these relate to the formal structure of the music.

The analyses also show how the components of the music (voice leading patterns, root progression patterns, etc) contribute to the style, period and mood of the music. This will be more evident in the book as this will have more analyses from a variety of types of music. This theory and analytical method are not confined to common practice tonal music. Each of the analyses is accompanied by an analytical outline (in printable PDF format).

These analyses should be read in conjunction with the detail in the Book , the Glossary of Symbols and the Voice Leading Appendix which summarises the principles of voice leading. Chapter 6: Extensions to the Basic Syntactic Structure will summarise the ways that complete and incomplete syntactic structures can be linked together.

General Introduction

Schumann - Kinderszenen No 1.

This is a short piano piece with simple voice leading patterns. The underlying root progression patterns are easy to follow. It shows the conjoining of an incomplete phrase structure (a closing section) and a complete phrase structure.

Brahms - St Antoni Variations

This example contains voice leading in multiple layers and explains the motivic structure in more detail. It shows how the voice leading interacts with the underlying root progression patterns. It shows the conjoining of an incomplete phrase structure (an imperfect phrase) and a complete phrase structure.

More to follow in the book.



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