[Smt-talk] verbal descriptors of harmony

Dunsby, Jonathan jdunsby at esm.rochester.edu
Wed Mar 3 11:55:34 PST 2010

It may amuse American speakers to know that the Associated Board (UK,
but worldwide, graded music teaching/examinations) calls these ("tonic"
etc., as applied to harmonies) the "technical" names for roots (AKA
"notes of the scale").


I too will be interested to see the winning North American entry...


Jonathan Dunsby
Chair, Music Theory Department
Professor of Music Theory
Eastman School of Music


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For symmetry, how about "Roman names"? Of course, the resultant "RN" 
and "RN" abbreviations might be a bit hard to distinguish!

I use "root-names" myself -- still an "RN" problem, for those who 
abbreviate -- and I use "root-degrees" for root (Roman) numbers, 
"scale-degrees" (or "melodic-degrees") for capped, Arabic numbers.

In short, though, I don't know the answer to your question. I look 
forward to learning it!



Gerald Zaritzky
Faculty, Department of Music Theory
New England Conservatory of Music
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