[Smt-talk] Abbreviated Labels of Seventh Chords

Michele Ignelzi m.ignelzi at tin.it
Thu Feb 9 09:46:06 PST 2012

Dear Nicolas,

In Italy, the French labeling you mention is sporadically taught, and  
at least one local treatise (if I remember correctly, I don't have  
the book at hand), Guido Farina, _Trattato d'armonia teorico- 
pratico_, uses it.


On Feb 9, 2012, at 9:40 AM, Nicolas Meeùs wrote:

> The French tradition, that of the Paris Conservatoire, is to write  
> +4 in this case, the + meaning that the 4 is the leading tone  
> (similarly, one would write +6 in second inversion). This  
> tradition, which is not mine and against which I am trying to fight  
> in Paris, has several drawbacks, one of them being that the French  
> use labels that hardly anyone else understands.

Michele Ignelzi
m.ignelzi at tin.it
Conservatorio Statale di Musica, Florence, Italy

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