Types and Applications of P3,0 Seventh-Chord Transformations in Late Nineteenth-Century Music

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Music Theory Online 22.2 (June 2016)

This co-authored paper examines one class of parsimonious voice-leading transformations between tetrachords in which one of the chord members is held in common while each of the other three moves by half step. We focus on aspects of these “P3,0” transformations to examine 1) their place in the broader context of neo-Riemannian voice-leading transformations; 2) their properties and a specific means of notating all possible P3,0 types; 3) explications of how the various types are integrated within late nineteenth-century harmonic practice and interact with traditional tonal harmony; and 4) analytic applications that demonstrate how P3,0 transformations operate within and contribute to musical structure.

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