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Liszt: Liebestraum - Nocturne No. 1 in A-flat Major

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Franz Liszt - Liebesträume :
Liebestraum - Nocturne, No. 1
Liebestraum - Nocturne  No. 1  in A-flat Major by Liszt piano sheet music
Key: A-flat Major Year: 1850
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (1683 kB)

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xx Theory Experts, Liszt Nocturne No3 - Progression?
May 27, 2006, 03:37:36 PM by steve jones

Hi all,

Just been having a listen to the wonderful 3rd Nocturn by Liszt. Love this piece! But something occured to me just that I dont fully understand.

The progression of chords in the main theme (in the opening key) proceeds with a series of dominant chords. I make it:

Ab Major, C Dominant, F Dominant, Bb, Dominant, Eb, Dominant, Ab Major

The Ab is clearly the tonic, with the Eb being the diatonic dominant (resulting in the authentic cadence). But I dont get how the progression of C, F and Bb dominants can be rationalised. The C maybe could be considered a chromatic mediant. And the Bb could be a secondary dominant, tonicizing the Eb. But where does the F dom come from???


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