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Roots of the ClassicalThe Popular Origins of Western Music$
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Peter Van der Merwe

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198166474

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198166474.001.0001

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Rivals to Tonality

Rivals to Tonality

(p.86) 7 Rivals to Tonality
Roots of the Classical

Peter van der Merwe

Oxford University Press

Classical tonality, with its basis in the tonic-and-dominant polarity, did not have the field all to itself. ‘Modal’ progressions never completely died out. This chapter looks at some of them. One of these is double tonic, which was particularly important in the English virginalists. Basses (and hence harmonic schemes) on the pentatonic seventh a–c–e–g also remained in use. Even the minor mode can be regarded as a pre-tonal survival, remodelled on the fully tonal major mode. Another such survival was the relative major–minor polarity.

Keywords:   modal progressions, double tonic, pentatonic seventh, minor mode, relative major–minor

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