Download Added-Tone Sonorities in the Choral Music of Eric Whitacre

yes no Was this document useful for you?
   Thank you for your participation!

* Your assessment is very important for improving the work of artificial intelligence, which forms the content of this project

clearly wanted the final chord to be in second inversion. The final bass note is quite high
in the bass register; Whitacre had the option of moving the bass note down a fifth, or
even a twelfth, to a tonic pitch. That Whitacre left the bass on the B-flat is, therefore, a
clear indication of his preference.
Water Night
Figure 29: Water Night, measures 53-59
The final phrase of this piece (Figure 29) begins by quoting the opening of the
piece. Measure 53 begins with a B-flat minor triad in the same chord structure as in
measure 1; the voices move upward as at the beginning, while the bass continues to hold
the B-flat. At measure 56 the bass jumps down to the lower B-flat, forming a B-flat
minor triad with the upper voices. This chord moves through a Gb(2)/0 to an Eb(2,t)/0
chord before resolving to a pure B-flat minor triad once again to finish the piece. The
final progression is once again analogous to a plagal cadence with traditional bass