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What to Listen For in RockA Stylistic Analysis$
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Ken Stephenson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092394

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092394.001.0001

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Harmonic Succession

Harmonic Succession

(p.100) 5 Harmonic Succession
What to Listen For in Rock

Ken Stephenson

Yale University Press

This chapter examines harmonic succession in rock music. It discusses music theorists' view that rock music follows the standards of the common practice with regard to harmonic progression and suggests that the standard patterns of harmonic succession used in rock are best understood when compared with the traditional norms from which they depart. It also analyzes the harmonic succession in several rock songs including Bee Gees' “To Love Somebody”, Moody Blues'“Nights In White Satin”, and Journey's “Faithfully”.

Keywords:   harmonic succession, rock music, music theorists, Bee Gees, To Love Somebody, Moody Blues, Nights In White Satin, Journey, Faithfully

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