Non-Harmonic notes and Dissonances

non harmonic notes for chords and lines or listening section of Music AS paper

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  • Dissonant non-chord note
  • Often approached by a leap, that resolves by moving to a chord note

- LIKE a suspension but without the preperation.

  • Apoggiaturas can be written as small notes (like ornaments)
  • Clashing notes can occur in seperate parts (ie vocal part and accompaniment).
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  • An ornament printed as a small note, with a slash through its stem and flag
  • The note is played either as short as possible, or is played with the main melodic note and immediately released
  • Often forms a dischord with a harmony note
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  • A note played immediately before the chord to which it belongs to

- The anticipated note is often the tonic in a perfect cadence

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Auxilliary Note

  • A non-chord note that occurs between, and is a step away from, two harmony notes of the SAME PITCH.
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  • A non-chord note that moves by step from a harmony note and then leaps in the opposite direction to another harmony note.
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Passing Note

  • A non-chord note that most commonly fills the gap between two harmony notes a 3rd apart.
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  • A device in which a note is first sounded in a consonant context (the preperation) and is then repeated (or held) over a change of chord so that it becomes dissonant.
  • Finally, there is a resolution when the suspended note moves by step (usually downwards) to a consonant note.
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