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This week’s challenge:
This is from Mozart’s Minuet in C Major, K. 6. What type of non-harmonic tone is the circled note?
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ANSWER for 9/20/21
This is called a retardation, a delayed resolution of a tone that results in temporary dissonance. The circled note is the leading tone in the key of G major, F-sharp. But rather than resolving up to G when it should, at the beginning of the final measure, its resolution is delayed until the last beat. This is the opposite of an anticipation, which is an early resolution of a tendency tone.
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