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Harmonic Analysis of Chopin's Prelude #8

Harmonic Analysis of Chopin's Prelude #8

An harmonic analysis of Chopin's Prelude #8


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Robert Aguirre
Robert Aguirre (Content Developer/Author)
3 years ago
Great analysis and explanation! I really enjoyed it. I had never heard this Chopin Prelude until I read your analysis. I am particularly interested with Chopin’s use of altered dominant 7th chords in the form of augmented sixth chords, and I like the way that Chopin changes the spelling of enharmonic sonorities to alter their function. I really like the vocabulary that you used to describe the chord progressions in measure 7 and 8. I like that you utilize the jazz term, tritone substitution, and appreciate its application and function within classical music analysis. I was once scolded by my music theory teacher during a discussion of twentieth century music for referring to an altered dominant as a tritone substitution. I just order the Book "A Chord in time:The evolution of the Augmented Sixth from Montverdi to Mahler" by Mark Ellis. I am currently analyzing a Christmas song that contains a Germany augmented sixth chord. Do you know which Christmas song I am referring to?