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L. Poundie Burstein
Joseph N. Straus

TONAL HARMONY
FIRST EDITION
L. Poundie Burstein, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Joseph N. Straus, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
400 pages • 978-0-393-92276-9 • September 2015

Table of Contents
Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony is designed to be flexible. Each chapter isolates a particular harmony and
the associated voice-leading considerations in just a few pages, so instructors can teach chapters in the order that
best suits their classes.
Unit 1: Fundamentals
0 Notation of pitch and rhythm
1 Scales          
2 Intervals
3 Triads and seventh chords
Unit 2: Overview of Harmony and Voice Leading
4 Four-part harmony          
5 Voice leading
6 Harmonic progression
7 Figuration and embellishing tones
8 Species counterpoint
                                                                
Unit 3: Diatonic Harmony
9 I and V
10 The dominant-seventh chord: V7
11 I6 and V6
12 V 65 and V 42
13 V 43 and vii 6
14 Approaching the dominant: IV, ii6, and ii 65
15 Embellishing V: Cadential 64
16 Leading to tonic: IV
17 The diminished-seventh chord: vii 7
18 Approaching the dominant: IV6, ii, ii7, and IV7
19 Multiple functions: VI               
20 Embellishing tones in four-part harmony
21 III and VII
22 Sequences
23 Other 64 chords   
24 Other embellishing chords

Unit 4: Chromatic Harmony
25  Applied dominants to V  
26  Other applied chords
27 Modulation to the dominant key
28 Modulation to closely related keys   
29 Mode mixture                        
30  II6: The Neapolitan sixth
31 Augmented sixth chords                                    
32 Other chords (altered, common tone, and ninth)
33 Chromatic sequences                            
34 Chromatic modulation
Unit 5: Form
35 Sentences                                                               
36 Periods    
37 Binary form    
38 Ternary and rondo forms
39 Sonata form               

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