[Smt-talk] Written record of Boulanger pedagogy?

Nicolas Meeùs nicolas.meeus at paris-sorbonne.fr
Sun Dec 19 06:48:53 PST 2010

The problem with that figuring is that one tends to mistake label (or 
form) for function. It all depends on how the figuring is performed. If 
+6 becomes a label for any chord in the _form_ of a dominant 7th in 
second inversion, then the figuring loses any analytical value, IMO. The 
+ should be used exclusively to denote a leading tone that resolves as a 
leading tone; but our students do not restrict it to that particular case!

Nicolas Meeùs
Université Paris-Sorbonne

Le 19/12/2010 11:43, Michele Ignelzi a écrit :
> Dear Nicolas and List,
> I must admit I have a penchant for figures like +6, etc. They are 
> compact labels for identifying dominant chords, and have analytical 
> value, IMO.
> Only my five cents,
> Michele
> On Dec 18, 2010, at 12:28 AM, Nicolas Meeùs wrote:
>> This all would tend to indicate that Boulanger's harmonic pedagogy, 
>> if it was based on these Vidal basses, may not have been very 
>> different from the French traditional one (i.e. that of the 
>> Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris), with its odd figures 
>> includig +6, +4, etc., or barred 5, etc.
> ---------------------
> Michele Ignelzi
> m.ignelzi at tin.it
> Florence State Conservatory, Italy
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