Title

Leading to Tonality

Type of Submission

Performance

Keywords

Music theory, music history, tonality, modality

Abstract

My research is a documental historical analysis of the transition from modality to tonality in the western European musical practices and theories of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. My research discusses the similarities and differences of tonality and modality, especially through the use of cadences. I was particularly interested in the natural phenomenon of the leading tone used in cadences, as this is a clearly tonal sound, but was more than often also used in modal music. I analyze several pieces of music from these three eras finding examples of the leading tone cadence all over. In seeing that the leading tone becomes more and more prevalent as the pieces I researched approach the Baroque era, I believe that it may be a contributing factor into the discovery of the theory of tonality and the transition from modality.

Campus Venue

Dixon Ministry Center, Recital Hall

Location

Cedarville, OH

Start Date

4-11-2018 2:00 PM

End Date

4-11-2018 2:30 PM

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Leading to Tonality

Cedarville, OH

My research is a documental historical analysis of the transition from modality to tonality in the western European musical practices and theories of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. My research discusses the similarities and differences of tonality and modality, especially through the use of cadences. I was particularly interested in the natural phenomenon of the leading tone used in cadences, as this is a clearly tonal sound, but was more than often also used in modal music. I analyze several pieces of music from these three eras finding examples of the leading tone cadence all over. In seeing that the leading tone becomes more and more prevalent as the pieces I researched approach the Baroque era, I believe that it may be a contributing factor into the discovery of the theory of tonality and the transition from modality.