[Smt-talk] Passing and Neighboring 6/4s

skostka at aol.com skostka at aol.com
Mon Feb 1 09:20:42 PST 2010

Hi, All --

Sorry to be so late to respond to this, but I was traveling with no access to our book. It is not true that Dorothy Payne and I say (or even imply) that vi->V and vi->viio are "unacceptable." In fact, on p. 117 (6th edition) you'll find that "...the diagrams represent norms of harmonic practice observed by theorists over the years in the works of a large number of tonal composers. They do not represent rules; they are just guidelines for your use..."

I do stand by that assertion, but perhaps we should rewrite it to clarify?

Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion and found it very informative.


Stefan Kostka
Professor Emeritus
University of Texas at Austin

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From: Dmitri Tymoczko <dmitri at Princeton.EDU>
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Sent: Thu, Jan 21, 2010 9:51 am
Subject: Re: [Smt-talk] Passing and Neighboring 6/4s

A bunch of people have written in to defend Aldwell and Schachter.  Let me clarify that I'm not trying to single out their book in particular: every major textbook contains similar howlers.  For example, Kostka and Payne provide a map of acceptable progressions which asserts that both vi->V and vi->viio are unacceptable.  Yet in Mozart's piano sonatas, fully 29% of vi chords go to either viio or V. 

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