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Author Topic: Harmony progressions I I V I; I II V I; VI II V I and the entire circle of fifth  (Read 117 times)
benzekri
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« on: October 24, 2017, 11:16:40 AM »

Hello, I'm looking for musical pieces (or extracts) where I can find some harmonics progressions :
I I V I;
I II V I;
I IV V I;
VI II V I
and also the entire circle of fifth (as in the Passacaile of Haendel in G)

Thanks a lot

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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2017, 12:56:11 AM »

I don't see any replies, so here's a simple one I just thought of:

the Rondo from Beethoven's Op. 26 is based around a portion of the circle (I can't remember exactly which chords are being outlined, but I am thinking of the first two themes of the rondo).

I don't see why you couldn't just take the ideas and just keep extending them to all twelve keys, to make a kind of exercise out of it.  The arpeggiated chord fragments are very regular and it seems that you could just continue the pattern using ear alone.  At any rate, I don't see why not, until you reach the end of the keyboard.

If I'm not misremembering, pretty much all of your progressions are covered somewhere in there, except the complete cycle.

There's also the chorded cadences and the arpeggiated patterns in the non-fugue portion of the Em Partita's Toccata -- if you're really desperate for written material, it seems you could do those in all keys as well with relatively little trouble.  Probably a good sight-transposition exercise, I guess, if you want to do that.

Also, for a joke reply, there's always CPE Bach's Solfeggietto, which I'm sure no one ever gets tired of.
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2017, 01:17:20 AM »

For the circle of 5ths have a look at Beethoven's 2 Preludes Op.39. Both literally move around the circle of 5ths.

There is also a little Quadrille by Hayden that uses I I V I (although the V is technically V7) - https://www.musicnotes.com/images/productimages/mtd/MN0017406.gif
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