Asked • 05/24/19

Understanding chord prolongations?

Harmonically oriented neo-Schenkerian analysis and generative theories have in common the concept that a single chord can be "prolonged" over a given span of music, even if not every (or even any) note in the chord is playing at every moment during that span. When is it valid to say "chord *x* is prolonged throughout passage *y*?" As an answer, I could imagine either a general definition/theory, or a list of common prolongational patterns; either would be welcomed.

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Brandon B. answered • 11/09/19

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