[Smt-talk] The "Governing tone"

Leinberger, Charles F. charlesl at utep.edu
Fri May 4 12:12:39 PDT 2012


May I suggest that in the hierarchy of scale degrees, the tonic is the King.  The dominant, however, is the Queen, without whom the King has no real power. J


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Subject: Re: [Smt-talk] The "Governing tone"

Michael Luxner wrote:
How do you feel about considering the dominant the "governing tone?"  I don't think it's strange at all, and teach it that way all the time.

This is exactly how I think of, and teach, the dominant function. In the common practice, the dominant goes to the tonic--so normatively that when it doesn't, we deem this "deceptive" or otherwise exceptional. The tonic, by contrast, has no "valency;" it does not "demand" anything of its successor sonority.

David Feurzeig
University of Vermont
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