Asked • 06/05/19

Is it Acceptable to Build Chords on Accidental Notes in Classical Music?

I'm writing a clarinet solo with piano accompaniment in B minor. Is is normal to use a D minor chord (or just the first two notes) in classical music (specifically romantic)? I do have a regular chord progression: the D minor would just be a short 'unresolved' part leading into a repetition of the melody.

Kim H.

A music theory book is a good reference from a year 1 or 2 text. This may be viewed on the shelf at a university library, asking a music theory professor, or asking a theory teacher that teaches composition related to knowing classical music distinctions in composing a piece. Note Only: When I have written classical pieces, my professors always indicated paying attention to the chordal structure where rules and guidines must be in line with rules of structure leading to an eventual cadence of the the piece. So, the number chords in classical-classical style and format in rudimentary writing has dos and don’ts.


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