Exercises in Melody-writing: A Systematic Course of Melodic Composition Designed for the Use of Young Music Students, Chiefly as a Course of Exercise Collateral with the Study of Harmony

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G. Schirmer, 1900 - Composition (Music) - 126 pages
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Page 6 - Triad, or harmonic core of the key, see par. 18) are Inactive. They occupy the centre of harmonic repose, and are therefore inert, not moving except in obedience to some outward impulse. The others, — the 7th, 6th, 4th and 2nd scale-steps, are Active, because they lie outside of this circle of harmonic repose, and are urged by their inherent impulse to regain the condition of rest. For illustration: C major.

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