Dissonances et progressions harmoniques : le cas du Tractatus augmentatus compositionis (c. 1655-1659) de Christoph Bernhard

Abstract : The theory of harmonic vectors identifies the asymmetry of root progressions as one of the most outstanding characteristics of tonal harmonic language. The present study seeks to explain this phenomenon by determining, from a theoretical and practical point of view, whether the evolution of the treatment of the dissonance — from stilo antico to stilo moderno — is to be considered one of the main causes of asymmetrical progressions. We shall try to answer this question through a study of the treatises of the 17th and 18th century originating from the sphere of Germanic influence. The Tractatus augmentatus compositionis de Christoph Bernhard theorizing the treatment of the dissonances in the stylus modernus will be placed at the heart of this study. It will contribute to determining whether a broader utilization of dissonance for expressive and descriptive purposes according to the ideal set forth by the seconda prattica had been able to contribute to one of the specifications of harmonic tonal functioning. If this study is above all of a technical nature, the conclusions that can be drawn thereof greatly exceed the framework of harmonic theory and are inclined to confirm that the privileged direction of progressions responds to a principle inherent in occidental philosophy.
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Christophe Guillotel-Nothmann. Dissonances et progressions harmoniques : le cas du Tractatus augmentatus compositionis (c. 1655-1659) de Christoph Bernhard. Musique, musicologie et arts de la scène. 2007. ⟨dumas-01447702⟩

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