Thursday, November 29, 2012

Two measures from a Passepied

Here's a two-bar excerpt from the Passepied from Debussy's Suite Bergamasque. I found the harmonic progression interesting, so I typed it up and put the analysis in for your viewing pleasure. The two-bar phrase is repeated several times, eventually leading into a modulation to E major (hence the indication of a new key in the second bar).

This passage has a haunting quality to it, helped by the German augmented sixth chord. (For more on German sixths, click here.) Here's a link to this piece, linked with a time stamp which should take you to the first appearance of these two bars.
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