[Smt-talk] Final Plagal Cadence and a Summary of Wondeful Features in the Schumann Song

Ninov, Dimitar N dn16 at txstate.edu
Wed Dec 18 11:12:03 PST 2013

Dear Dr. Väisälä,
Thanks for your comments. I do not have strong objections to any of them. I will just add that, while a minor V in the common practice period is typically used as a chord which links I and VI, or I and IV6 (with a descending line in the bass), here the composer uses that chord more freely, after I6- II6, and connecting VI6 as a tonic substitute. This creates a sublte T-S-D-TVI progression with the unique flavor of a "deceptive resolution" in natural minor.

I like your thought that “we should recognize both the local implications for tonal motions that fail to take place and the larger pattern that actually does take place.”

Best wishes,


Dr. Dimitar Ninov, Lecturer
School of Music
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666

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