http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.12.18.4/mto.12.18.4.wadsworth.html. An in-depth exploration of the idea of a harmonic complex is outside the scope of this paper; but the possibility of such an idea shows that certain features of proto-harmony are relevant to repertoires other than Russian liturgical music. I introduce the notion of the proto-harmonic complex (PH complex) and show that it belongs to a family of similar diatonic groups explored by Western scholars, including “component keys,” “Axis progression,” “double-agent complex,” and paired relative keys (or Russian “mutability”). Theory, edited by Thomas Christensen, 726–752. I begin this exploration by describing the PH complex in set-theoretical terms, which provide the most systematic tools for a comparison of proto-harmony with other like structures. It is, perhaps, for this reason that this hymn is more easily explicable in monotonal terms than is movement 1. Rothstein, William. This argument, of course, presupposes unambiguous phrase boundaries. To put the matters in set-theoretical terms, the chordal roots of any complete PH complex form a 4– 23[0257] set, but not every [0257] set produces a true PH complex. Have heard nothing else which equals the diatonic perfection of The Nutcracker. “The Problem of Tonal Disunity in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, op. But, at least one, chant-related aspect problematizes it. Studies on the Origin of Harmonic Tonality. Ellen Bakulina. The repeated ii–V motion will become motivic later in the movement, giving the D-minor chord a distinctly Dorian flavor—every time, it sounds potentially like a tonic, as at the beginning. I thus offer a somewhat simplified form-functional perspective in the sense that beginnings and endings of musical units perform a crucial structural role.29 Ideas of monotonality—and thus non-monotonality—in fact, always have to do with beginnings and ends. “Rachmaninoff’s Branch of the Russian Oak: Rotational Form and Symmetrical Harmony in the Isle of the Dead and the ‘Intermezzo’ of the Third Piano Concerto.” Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Music Theory Society of New York State, Hunter College, City University of New York. Moscow: Pravoslavnye Moskovskie Regentskie Kursy. CM is a great key to use as an example because it is simply all of the white keys on the piano. Copyright © 2020 Intégral: The Journal of Applied Musical Thought. STEP 5 – Let’s make this chord progression more interesting. 2015b. In the second part of the article, I apply the concept of the PH complex to the analysis of large-scale musical structures: two complete movements from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, op. The use of Schenkerian techniques may need a justification. This is the main thing. A chord may be built upon any note of a musical scale.Therefore, a seven-note diatonic scale allows seven basic diatonic triads, each degree of the scale becoming the root of its own chord. 1994. The four-strophe movement is based on a Znamenny chant, provided mostly in the soprano and sometimes, partially, in other voices (bass and tenor). ∫ Reset font size. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. (1): 7–50. In this paper, I have explored two broad aspects of proto-harmony: (1) its structural properties as a theoretical construct and (2) its analytical application in several examples from Russian church music, with a focus on movements 1 and 14 from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil. The Second Practice of Nineteenth-Century Tonality. But a voice-leading analysis is also useful because it allows for a close reading of the music using tools familiar to most North American readers. If they innovated too much with regard to the way their chord progressions worked, the music would come crashing down. It tonicizes two different harmonies, A minor and D minor, with proper tonal progressions in both (see the score), and a PAC in C major. Using flattened sixth chords you mean? Even the identity of the C-major PACs becomes less obvious, or at least less crucial, than it would have been in an unambiguously tonal work. It even includes an internal mini-excursion back to D minor, mm. Smith, Peter H. 2013. Speaking of minor, you're not likely to see the raised 6th used much, even though the 7th is usually raised. In the first, theoretical section, I offer my own approach to proto-harmony that allows for greater theoretical and analytical precision and that engages in a dialogue with other, non-Russian approaches such as Neo-Riemannian and set theories. A monotonal Schenkerian reading of the piece would probably look something like Example 19, with an auxiliary cadence at the start and a post-structural digression at the end. Here’s an example of a more complicated 4-chord progression: And here’s what a longer progression looks like. Example 17 gives the score of the movement (piano reduction only), and Example 18 presents a formal chart. It is the idea to provide a balance within the PH complex at work. Caplin, William E. 1998. The answer, I argue, lies in the relationship of an underlying structural basis to local harmonic progressions. Harmony in Schubert. This, in my view, is also flawed, not only because the D chord is hardly structural (see above), but also because the A harmony is arguably continued from the preceding strophes, where it was properly prolonged, and is thus very important. This is important for reasons both theoretical and historical since, according to Miasoedov, proto-harmony formed in an era that preceded modern tonality and the supremacy of the heptatonic diatonic. The obikhod collection briefly brings us back to Miasoedov and his scalar derivation of proto-harmony. In the absence of a theory of cadences specific to Russian church music, my idea relies on the cadence classification accepted in the Western common practice. Sergeĭ Rachmaninoff: A Lifetime in Music. This “false”—or perhaps abandoned—linear progression would suggest a prolongation of E major or minor, a harmony completely absent from the music.39 One can see this false linear progression in Example 15, an analysis of the upper voice alone, showing the extent to which the upper line is at odds with prolongational harmonic principles.40 The example uses melodic reduction to “straighten out” the melody into an underlying stepwise line. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag. Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Schnittke, Gubaidulina are all Russian, but sound so different. Here, the cadences serve to shift the center from one PH member to another more importantly than they serve to articulate standard cadence types. “Fuggir la Cadenza, or The Art of Avoiding Cadential Closure.” In What Is a Cadence? In Schenkerian terms, the phrase represents an auxiliary cadence. The most well-known type of tonal mutability is the relative-mutable mode (parallel’no peremennyi lad), which refers to the pairing of relative keys. “Modal Idioms and Their Rhetorical Associations in Rachmaninoff’s Works.” Music Theory Online 20 (4). The phrase opens the way all previous phrases do, but “gets stuck” in the C-major tonicization and ends up on its dominant G, thus producing a HC within the C-major tonic. “A Mathematic Model of the Diatonic Unusual chord progressions 11 guitar teachers share their favorite chord sequences In this small Questions & Answers series we are going to ask 11 guitar experts three questions related to the guitar learning process. Example 2 offers a summary of this formation. The big picture arises from another, non-tonal principle—proto-harmony. A of Russian Music: The Origin of the National The upper line is accompanied by a sixth progression in the alto from A down to C$$\sharp$$ (the alto 2 part in the choral score, to be specific). Two aspects characterize proto-harmonic passages in Miasoedov’s book. Subdominant in the Late Nineteenth Century.” Journal of Music Theory 27 (2): 153–180. For instance taking a theme and modulating it down or up a half step for a jarring effect. New York: Oxford University Press. The final strophe, however, invalidates the prolongation of the A harmony and with it the fifth-progression in the upper voice. 1999. 37,” Ph.D. dissertation, City University of New York. “Tonal Pairing and Monotonality in Instrumental Forms of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms.” Music Theory Spectrum 35 (1): 77–102. In Classical tonality, for example, the leading tone in minor does not change its theoretical collectional proximity with the relative major and other keys. Elements of Sonata Theory: Norms, Types, and Deformations in the Late-Eighteenth-Century Sonata. Cadwallader, Allen, and David Gagné. Nonetheless, the diatonic basis is important for proto-harmony’s historical formation (at least, according to Miasoedov’s own explanation). Prior to the adoption of (evolving) functional tonality, imported to Russia from the West around the turn of the eighteenth century, the structural basis of Russian music was not the 7-note, but the 8-note obikhod collection, found on line 4 on the IC axis system of Gauldin’s table. “Dahlhaus and the Origins of the Origins.” Theoria 24: 141–156. 1985. “The Expansion of the It brings back the fluctuation between D minor and G major chords and, in addition, introduces the ostensibly unusual D$$4\atop2$$ (ii$$4\atop2$$ in C major) with leaps to and from the chordal seventh in the bass. Note that the chord progressions are arranged in approximate order from simplest to hardest. 2012. Also common is modulating to the bIII, which will then use the bVII and bVI as well, and when you've modulated to the bIII is the only time you're going to see a b7. As unusual as this music may be from a tonal-functional viewpoint, the explanation in terms of mutability/tonal pairing makes some sense. Moscow: Kompozitor. 2016. What about if we are starting with a minor chord? Richards uses letter notation for what he terms the “Axis progression,” the chordal group a–F–C–G, which could be transposed to any pitch level and start with any chord, to rotate through the other three. I also suggest the notion of the harmonic complex, to refer to chordal groups (of which proto-harmony is one) characterized by decentralization. The last five measures, however, complicate things again by concluding the movement on a G chord. You might notice motifs that are popular, but that's not harmonic. Matters are further complicated, of course, because the phrase beginnings and endings articulate paired dominants, not tonics. But cadences and boundary points alone do not give us a complete picture; it is also important to trace the tonal processes within individual strophes, especially with respect to the shifting tonal/modal centers and their interaction. New Haven: Yale University Press. 1991. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press. System.” Journal of Music Theory 33 Both movements also begin and end on different harmonies, which are, in the case of movement 14, diatonically related: D minor and G major. Classical Play a few different songs/pieces and you will see that there are various different ways in which composers order chords. This latter view may also be buttressed by (paleo-)Riemannian harmonic considerations: the tonic-dominant (or subdominant-tonic!) relationship of the d and A harmonies, clearly expressed in the music, suggests equal structural rights for these two harmonies.42. 1988. This, however, does not happen. Generally, I've found the best way of writing Russian sounding music is to treat the V of a minor key as the I. Rather, it means that, within the complex, more than one member has the potential to exert tonal control, in the presence of the other members, in a whole piece or a section. Glazunov Join TC's Official Russian Composer Fanclub! 2003. Along the way, I clarify the distinction between proto-harmony’s conceptual diatonic basis, its original scalar context, and chromatic elements that it can acquire in specific musical contexts. In the music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, proto-harmony coexists with tonality. University Press. The goal is to show that a proto-harmonic view explains large-scale tonal openness (a “disunity” in a classical view of tonality) in a way that other methods cannot, and thus complements our understanding of structural integrity in these specific musical situations. It is also here that one has to decide (if one insists on a decision at all) whether a monotonal interpretation of the movement is possible. Modulation of the sort was uncommon in the 19th century. Viewing this music in proto-harmonic terms allows one to see its internal structural unity, which is not apparent from the methodological perspectives of harmonic-functional and Schenkerian theories.4 In addition, I show the structural relationship between the Vigil and Russian church music in general, which may not be easily recognized by non-Russian musicians. This coexistence means that one might find passages or textural layers which exclusively use proto-harmonic chords, or encounter specific individual harmonies being emphasized in clearly tonal contexts, such as ii in major and iv in minor. Proto-harmony refers to a diatonic (at least at its structural basis) group of four triads, two major and two minor, characterized by the following elements: (1) the triadic roots can be ordered by perfect fifths; (2) the syntactical rules are relaxed, compared to classical tonality; and (3) the unity of system as a foundation of musical cohesion overrides the unity of tonic. Zavlunov, Daniil. russkoy muzyki: korni natsionalnoj spetsifiki [Harmony 2016. “The Concept of Unity and The movements that interest us are no. The interval of pairing—major second—remains unchanged. This balance is due to (1) the equal number of major and minor triads, (2) their strict alternation, if the roots are put in the normal form {0,2,5,7}, and (3) their balanced relationships, mapped on a Neo-Riemannian Tonnetz in Example 7. by William Drabkin. In a PH complex, depending on context, letters may replace or supplement Roman numerals, which may still be necessary if a specific situation suggests a tonal (or dual-tonal) understanding.14, Some important differences notwithstanding, this approximate analogue to the PH complex in contemporary Anglophone popular music suggests an exploration of proto-harmony in broader terms with respect to other potentially similar chordal groups. The term chord progression simply refers to the order in which chords are played in a song/piece of music. strophe. The cadential plan shows two straight-forward PACs (mm. 2017. The chords to the Soviet anthem with the Finnish lyrics. “Chopin’s Fantasy, Op. In the mmMm group, the major member of the relative pair, the G chord, gets a minor dominant. One can conceivably understand and hear it in C major throughout, primarily thanks to several strong cadences in this key, although such a hearing would involve a non-tonic beginning and ending, similar to those in my Example 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. The chord progression is a sequence of two or more chords during the segment of the song. The relationship between proto-harmony and component keys (Teiltonarten) deserves attention, both because of its hierarchical flexibility as well as the issue of diatonicism versus chromaticism. Rimsky-Korsakoff and Tchaikovsky, for example, don't sound Russian so much as just really creative. Another example (Miasoedov’s Example 40) implies that the PH complex C–d–F–g contains a D-major chord, described as “preserving the diatonicism of harmony, in spite of the ‘accidentals’” (Miasoedov 1998, 50); this is the same situation that occurs in my Example 1. For the time being, therefore, the D center overrides the C, since the dominant of D minor begins and ends the phrase. But they’re actually simpler than you think! http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.14.20.4/mto.14.20.4.johnston.html, http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.08.14.1/mto.08.14.1.rothstein.html, http://mtosmt.org/issues/mto.17.23.3/mto.17.23.3.richards.html, http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.12.18.4/mto.12.18.4.wadsworth.html. When played over 12 bars, this progression becomes a “12-bar blues.” Note: A bar of music is a way of notating a set amount of time, or a certain number of beats, in the music. http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.08.14.1/mto.08.14.1.rothstein.html. To explain proto-harmony as a purely diatonic phenomenon would misrepresent its workings in many specific musical situations, as we will see shortly. 2017. Like the first one, the fourteenth, “Voskres iz groba,” presents difficulties with regard to key and/or mode identification. 1992 [1915]. Stuyvesant: Pendragon Press. 2017. Out of all the scales I know, I don't think I know any that really would capture a Russian type feel to them. Op. Geometry of Music: Harmony and Counterpoint in the Extended Common Practice. Treatise on Harmony. The G chord is the only de-emphasized PH member throughout the piece; it appears only as a local dominant in C-major tonicizations in phrase middles (Caplin’s medial function). The group is diatonic at least at its structural basis, if not always on the musical surface. For example, let’s move the last chord of every bar to a different minor chord, more precisely, to a minor chord with a higher root note.So, in the 1st and 3rd bar move the last C minor to D# minor.In the 2nd bar, move the last A# minor to B minor.And finally, in the 4th bar, move the last G minor chord to A# minor: Here you can pick the movement of the chord progression. Therefore, taking inspiration from Miasoedov’s theory, I develop my own approach that allows for greater theoretical and analytical precision, is better adapted for the analysis of large non-monotonal structures, and engages in a dialogue with other, non-Russian theories. Chords are usually limited to the simple triadic forms, leaving off the extra 6th, 9th, and 13th notes (although V7 chords are common). Example 5 details the relationship of the obikhod collection to the PH complex, symmetrically related both as scales and as stacks of fifths. New York: Tchaikovsky was a master. I claim that the defining formal elements in this respect are two: (1) the framing harmonies at two levels—the entire movement and the individual phrase; this criterion thus includes all cadences, or cadential arrivals, to use Caplin’s term (1998); and (2) the chords that appear in cadential progressions.26 Whichever harmonies participate in these areas comprise the PH complex at work. The dominantized character of the A chord especially creates expressive intensity that makes the hymn something more than just a call for worship, something nearly tragic; this mood is further reinforced by the descending (“lament”) melodic phrase endings. Apart from generating chord progressions, this website can help you improve musical compositions and suggest you some sweet chord sequences to make music. In English-language theory, since the publication of The Second Practice of Nineteenth-Century Tonality (1996), edited by William Kinderman and Harald Krebs, a whole trend of writings about non-monotonality has appeared. Such intuitions cannot be reduced to a simple set of rules; one needs to penetrate the musical fabric with utmost possible attention to detail. The main theoretical issue here is the coordination of two basic criteria of proto-harmony: root relationships (by fifths) and triad quality (two major, two minor). Garmoniia: Teoreticheskiy kurs [Harmony: A Theoretical Course]. A song has to start and end somewhere and it has to sound “right”. Strophe 2 is longer and contains the first true tonicization: D minor is tonicized with the B$$\flat$$ and C$$\sharp$$, although no V of D ever occurs. 1999. New York: Oxford The chord progression chart for minor scales is very similar to the major scale chart. The example begins with the idea that, in the ancient times, Eastern-Slavic folk and church music used a diatonic collection of four notes, which can be ordered by perfect fifths (a), or else presented as two major seconds separated by a minor third.9 Later, these tones became the bottom notes of perfect fifths (c), and then the roots of diatonically related triads (e). This structure would result in Example 13 with the internal relationships flipped: the dominants become tonics, and the tonics become subdominants. Harmonically, Russian music -- from what I know -- uses the same harmonies as European music. Schachter, Carl. This article explores the Russian concept of proto-harmony (pra-garmoniia) from both a theoretical and an analytical angle.Proto-harmony was introduced by Andrei Miasoedov (1998) as a group of four diatonically related triads that does not require an overarching tonal center, and that (according to him) serves as the tonal basis of much Russian music. “The Cycle-7 Complex: Relations Each of the alternatives would require chromatic inflections that compromise the integrity of the collection.19 As one compares the “true” proto-harmonic group with the alternative groups, one feature immediately stands out: the internal symmetry and balance of the true PH complex. Bailey, Robert (ed.). Am Am/G Fmaj7 Conditioned to respond to all the threats Dm E/G# E in the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets. The text, in English translation below the score, consists of four strophes of varying length, all with roughly the same meaning—a call for worship.34 The formal chart in Example 12 shows the opening and closing harmonies of each strophe, as well as potential cadence labels according to the standard cadence classification in tonal music: three half cadences in D minor and a final cadence that is, at least potentially, a plagal close in G major. For example, Monteverdi’s madrigal “Dunque Amate,” discussed by Dahlhaus, exhibits as its cadential plan the group C–G–D(d), which is a partial PH complex. Part of Music Composition For Dummies Cheat Sheet . Here, the reader may well foresee my ultimate argument—that all the cadential harmonies belong to the PH complex G–A(a)–C–d, which thus governs the movement. Asia's influence was very prevalent in their music as well. As you compose music, you quickly realize that some chords just sound right together, and some don’t. A background C–G progression also fails to emphasize the A chord; and an A–G progression completely lacks any Schenkerian justification, since the two chords do not even share any tones. Such a cadence would create a D-minor/C-major pairing at the level of the strophe, with the balance tipped in favor of C major due to a strong cadence on the tonic (D minor receives much more emphasis on its dominant, rather than tonic). The chords you use, and the order you play them in make up the harmony of a song. The clarity of formal divisions is ensured by the structure of text: each poetic strophe of the hymn corresponds to a musical phrase, with a firmly delineated opening and ending.31 Rachmaninoff’s original score of movement 1 reinforces this correspondence by placing bar lines only between phrases; no time signature or metrically regular measures are provided.32. There remain two methodological questions to be addressed. Any chords that are played one after the other will make a chord progression. A comparison of these chordal groups, including the “Axis progression” of pop music, paired relative keys, and Carl Dahlhaus’s “component keys,” among others, suggests an explanation for chromatic variants of proto-harmonic members. Russian Romantic composers, for example, sound just like European ones. Pick a progression type that matches what you want to play. Thanks to the phrase overlap here, the A-minor harmony becomes, in a way, a formal beginning and ending. This time on how to compose Russian music. Alternatives to monotonality have been explored in Romantic repertoire, rock music, jazz, Russian church music, Baroque instrumental works, and Italian opera.3. of the two paired global tonics, C major and D minor, is most apparent in this The opening of strophe 1 emphasizes V of D minor, with a brief but important tonic upbeat: it is this upbeat that tells us the A is not a tonic harmony, or at least problematizes such hearing. Of course, this creates a picture of the movement that begins and ends on non-tonic chords: the piece opens with a ii harmony and ends on V. But, given the strength of the PACs, as well as the syntactical and voice-leading normalcy of the middle strophes, a C-major view of the hymn is viable. Movies and Movie The problematic fifth-related pair G–d is the same in both cases. Elementarnaia Teoriia Muzyki [Elementary Music Theory]. Khannanov, Ildar. In much the same way, Dahlhaus’s component keys allow for local chromatic alterations of chords (triads with a Picardy third in cadences) that retain their abstract diatonic relationships with other hexachordal members. Hyer, Brian. Deciding whether there is a complete or partial PH complex at work may well depend on subjective judgment. The last of these criteria—the cadential progression—may require further discussion. One can justly ask whether one can interpret the movement as floating within a system of seven diatonic modes, that is, mostly between D Dorian and C Ionian, with a shift to G Mixolydian at the end. Cannata, David. Second, he insists on the equality of status (ravnopravie) among the chords of proto-harmony. In movement 1, a similarly unexpected final cadence on G offers a dual possibility: one can hear it as a HC in C, or as a plagal cadence in G. 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