Graduate/Transfer Music Theory Entrance Exam Primer:
Theory 2

 

 

Theory II Coverage

While Theory I focused on tonic and dominant functions, Theory II introduces the intermediate or pre-dominant function (IV, ii and ii6 in chapter 10, vi and IV6 in chapter 12, ii7 and IV7 in chapter 13, and other uses of IV, IV6 and vi in chapter 14). It also covers the cadential 6/4 chord in chapter 11, as well as modulation from the major tonic to the key of the dominant in chapter 15 and modulation from the minor tonic to the key of the mediant in chapter 16 (these key areas are indicated by boxed Roman Numerals in relation to the tonic key of the work). Chapters 17, 19, and 20 concentrate on 5/3, 6/3, and 6/4 chords, respectively, and diatonic sequences are introduced in chapter 18.

Theory II Part-Writing

Below you will find a figured bass exercise to realize in a four-voice texture. When you are done with your realization, please provide a Roman Numeral analysis of your composition, indicating any modulations with the correct notation and cadences according to location and type. Please also identify all sequences by location and type and label all 6/4 chords according to type. Once you have completed your chorale, you can see one possible realization and check your harmonic analysis against the linked answer sheet.

Theory II Analysis

Below you will find a passage from a choral work which you will analyze using Roman Numerals to indicate the chord function and figured bass to indicate the chord inversion. You will also circle all non-harmonic tones found within this excerpt and label them according to type (passing tone, neighbor tone, suspension, etc.). Please label cadences according to location and type (in addition to the cadences introduced in Theory I, you may now encounter the following types of cadences: DC=Deceptive Cadence and PC=Plagal Cadence). You must also analyze any modulations—either pivot chord or sectional—using the correct notation. Finally, if a sequence appears in this excerpt, please identify it by location and type, and label all 6/4 chords according to type. Once you have completed your analysis, you can check your results against the linked answer sheet.

Click Here for Part-Writing Realization and Analysis Answer Sheet

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