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“Expressively Charged” Tones: A Color-Coded Analysis of Bach’s Db Major Prelude (WTC2)

One of the most poignant expressive devices in tonal music is the transformation of a single tone from being consonant and stable to being dissonant and unstable, at which point the tone seeks to return to a position of stability. … Continue reading

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Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableau Op.39 No.5, “Vocalise” & uncanny resemblances to Chopin Op.28, No.5

In a previous blog post, I listed some of the defining characteristics of the Rachmaninoff Style. Besides the ubiquitous use of mode mixture (turn to any page of the Second Piano Concerto or the Cello Sonata), the one characteristic that … Continue reading

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