Oct 7, 2016
The Andalusian Chord Progression
The Andalusian cadence is a term adopted from flamenco music for a chord progression comprising four chords descending stepwise.
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The Andalusian Chord Progression
The Andalusian cadence is a term adopted from flamenco music for a chord progression comprising four chords descending stepwise. It is otherwise known as the minor descending tetrachord. Traceable back to the Renaissance, its effective sonorities made it one of the most popular progressions in classical music.
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The upper tetrachord of minor scales varies: in C minor, the sixth may be Ab or A while the seventh may be Bb or B. To avoid confusion the chords of the progression may have accidentals added. The Andalusian cadence may then be notated **I bVII bVI V** rather than simply I VII VI V. The bVII note and chord is called the subtonic. In the final chord V the leading note replaces the subtonic.
Example in C major: C Bb Ab G.
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Harmonic Analysis is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and is a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality.
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