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Voice LeadingThe Science Behind a Musical Art$
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David. Huron

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034852

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034852.001.0001

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Embellishing Tones

Embellishing Tones

(p.121) 9 Embellishing Tones
Voice Leading

David Huron

The MIT Press

Chapter 9 discusses embellishing tones—such as passing tones, suspensions, and appoggiaturas. Embellishments can serve a number of functions, including adding dissonance, creating or heightening expectations, drawing attention to neighboring structural tones, or simply adding interest to a musical texture. However, this chapter focuses on how the presence of embellishing tones can contribute to the perceptual independence of concurrent voices. It is shown that embellishing tones are deployed in ways consistent with five different techniques for enhancing voice independence.

Keywords:   music, voice leading, part writing, embellishing tones, nonchordal tones, passing tone, suspension, neighbor tone, appoggiatura, pedal tone

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