A Level Music: Melodic Dictation – Harmonic Analysis

Harmonic Analysis

Download the question sheets here: Harmonic Analysis – Exercises 01-03 (Questions)

Exercise 01

Including questions on cadences and chords.

Listen to the music as you follow the skeleton score below.

 

Questions:

  1. Identify the cadences at bars:
    a. 13-22,
    b. 33-42,
    c. 73-82,
    d. 153-162
  2. Describe the bass part under the incomplete chords shown in bars 52-71.
  3. Is the chord on the first beat of bar 15 a major triad or a minor triad? Listen carefully to the bass note of this chord and then identify it precisely.
  4. The music at the start of the second line has modulated to D major, the dominant key. Identify the cadence at 113-122in terms of this new key.

Exercise 02

Including questions on inversions, cadences and suspensions.

Listen to the music as you follow the skeleton score below.

 

 

Questions:

  1. Identify the chord heard at bar 12, naming the correct inversion if required.
  2. Compare the harmony of bars 3-4 with that of bars 1-2.
  3. Describe the chords heard over the bass notes in bar 9.
  4. Identify the chord heard in bar 102in terms of F major.
  5. Name the cadence in bar 13.
  6. Identify the chord heard in bar 171, naming the correct inversion if required.
  7. The piano plays a tonic chord of F in the final bar.
    a. Which note(s) of this chord does the cello play?
    b. How does the violin part relate to this chord?

Exercise 03

Including questions on inversions, cadences, melody, passing notes and suspensions.

Listen to the music as you follow the skeleton score below.

Questions:

  1. Identify the two chords at 11-12, naming the correct inversion if required.
  2. Mention three ways in which the V-I progression is decorated at 41-43.
  3. State the letter name and function of the note played in the bass at 51.
  4. Name the cadence in bars 54-61.
  5. Describe, as fully as you can, the harmonic function of the three notes in the horn part of bar 7 indicated by small notes.
  6. Name the key the music has reached at:
    a. bar 101
    b. bar 121
    c. bar 141
  7. How does the chord at bar 124relate to the chord at bar 121?
  8. Identify the chord heard at bar 153, naming the correct inversion if required.