Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

The spanish baroque guitar and seventeenth-century triadic theory

In searchingfor the origins of harmonic tonality, the historian must be careful not to fall into the trap of fallacious geneticism by anachronistically interpreting some musical event or theoretical formulation in the light of later tonal theory. For example, because a harmonic progressionin a 16th-century madrigal might look like a tonal authentic cadence, it does not follow that the progression actually fulfills such a tonal function in context. Likewise, when a theorist from the same time notes that in practice the fourth scale degree of a Lydian mode is often lowered through musicaficta, it would be Procrusteanfor us today to interprethis observation only as an adumbration of the modern major/minorkey system. Any sophisticated theory of tonality, as Carl Dahlhaus has shown us, must be a dynamic one comprising a nexus of features that cannot be facilely reduced to a composite of individual constituents, however critical any one of these constituents may be to the...

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