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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000435.txt from 2000/09

From: "Michael Bryant" <michael@-----.uk>
Subj: Re: [kl] Tonic
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 17:54:37 -0400

I think that the lack of an answer may
not have been caused by asking the
wrong question, but by asking the
wrong people.

I suggest consulting:
"Tonality and Musical Structure"
by Graham George,
Faber and Faber, London, England 1970

It took 15 years to prepare it.
He discusses tonality in Baroque, Classical,
Romantic and 20th century music.

Part of his argument appeared in
The Musical Quarterly, Vol LII, #4, October 1966
in an article entitled:
Tonality in the Structure of Dramatic Music 1607-1909

Graham George was at the time
professor of music at Queen's University
Kingston, Canada
MB

WW wrote/12 September 2000 20:35/Tonic

Since my question about the tonic didn't receive any answers, I'm
wondering if my question was so nonsensical or irrelevant (or
uneducated) that people interpreted it as a poor attempt at humor rather
than as a sincere question?

Would anyone care to discuss how often 'real' music (as opposed to
'easy music for beginners', which is greatly simplified and edited)
begins and/or ends on the tonic note or the tonic chord?

Thank you,
Bill

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