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 motherlode
  
Re:Alternative View: 'Falling Grace'submitted:
2019/10/13 03:50:22
revised:
2019/10/13 03:52:11


I'd like to look at the harmony in (3) sections ... beginning with the first (14) bars.

Needless-to-say, this is non-functional harmony.

The music is moving in a very narrow range, (2) steps from the tonal center (Tc) in both the sharp & flat directions. The music consist of (2) colors: lydian & lydian augmented (+).

Note, the composer employs an old fashioned device that some call the double exit.

Go to bars#8-10 ... C-F-C. This cadence is pertinent to the music. In fact, it'll be used (3) times in this form.

At bar#11 we travel to the furthest point away from the tonal center thus far ... the (-6).

Only to immediately return to the SAME cadence transposed to a new key, bars#12-14 ... G-C-G.

Hence, the so-called 'double exit'.

...............................................Falling Grace (CDR)
..............................................b <--------> #
............+4 .. -2 .. -6 ..-3 ... -7 .... 4 . (Tc) .. 5 .. 2 .. 6 .. 3 .. 7 .. +4
Bar 1-2)...........................................Ab
3)......................................Gb+
4)..................................................................Bb
5)....................................................Ab
6)............................................................Eb
.........................................Gb+
7)..................................................................Bb
=
8).....................................................C
9)...............................................F
10)....................................................C
=
11)......................Eb+
12)....................................................G
13)..............................................C
14)....................................................G

Briefly, the voicing of the 2nd chord in the song, 'D7b9#5' ..F#..c..f..Bb..d..is actually the tonic chord of Gb-lydian augmented. It was borrowed to harmonize the characteristic tone 'D' of Ab-lydian.




 
 motherlode
  
Re:Alternative View: 'Falling Grace'submitted:
2019/10/13 03:55:28
revised:
2019/10/15 08:38:22


A new color is introduced at bar#16 ... lydian diminished.

Followed immediately by the cadence for the 3rd time, and once again transposed to a new key ... Bb-Eb-Bb ... bars#17-19.

Are you beginning to see the harmonic picture yet? Each section ends with the cadence.

The use of the cadence is the unifying factor to a seemingly chaotic harmonic array.

.............................................Falling Grace (CDR)
..............................................b <--------> #
.............+4 .. -2 .. -6 ..-3 .. -7 ... 4 .. (Tc) .. 5 .. 2 .. 6 .. 3 .. 7 .. +4 15)............................................................F
16)..............................Db*
17)...................................................Bb
18)...........................................Eb
19)...................................................Bb



 
 motherlode
  
Re:Alternative View: 'Falling Grace'submitted:
2019/10/13 03:58:51
revised:
2019/10/15 08:38:50


The music closes within the same narrow range in which it began, that is, (2) steps from the tonal center in both the 'sharp' and 'flat' directions. Nothing new here.

Except, the cadence ...

If you noticed in the previous examples, the cadence was on the flat side of the (CDR) ... one step removed from the tonal center.

The remaining (2) cadences are one step removed on the sharp side of the (CDR).

...............................................Falling Grace (CDR)
.................................................b <--------> #
..............+4 .. -2 .. -6 ..-3 .. -7 ... 4 .. (Tc) .. 5 .. 2 .. 6 .. 3 .. 7 .. +4
20).....................................Db+
21)....................................................................F
22)....................................................Eb
23).............................................................Bb 24)....................................................Eb....................................D.C.
Ending
25).............................................................Ab
26)....................................................Db










 


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