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Hi - I've been doing RNA harmonic analysis, and Finale Numerics gives me everything I've needed so far - everything except the bracket for connecting a cadential 64 to V. I've been making do with using a regular straight double-ended bracket and just putting a V below it but I really want to be able to put the correct bracket under it. I've tried using other RNA/fig bass fonts, but I can't find it in those fonts either. I tried creating one in Smart Shapes but it was a miserable failure.

Surely someone else uses those brackets, right?

Any ideas would be very much appreciated.

Finale 26.3 MPB 2012 Catalina

Thanks, Alicia

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It's been a long time since I did harmonic analysis, but my recollection Walter Piston was that I 6/4 resolved to V even though the I 6/4 certainly could (under the context you give ) suggest a dominant function. The bracketing is something I am unfamiliar with. (Perhaps brackets had not been invented when I studied harmony, or the brackets were obscured by dust from a passing dinosaur.)

 

Edit: On looking at Piston (trying not to let the pages crumble) I see some use of braces, but they were vertical rather than horizontal.

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I am not a well-trained musician. (Heck, I’m barely housebroken.) 

What is the purpose of Harmonic Analysis? Does a composer sit down with a structural blueprint, and populate It with notes? Or do they write a piece of music that sounds nice (to them, at least) and then other people analyze it to figure out, why?

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… do they write a piece of music that sounds nice (to them, at least) and then other people analyze it to figure out, why? …

 

Yes, that is the purpose.

Also, Harmonic Analysis can be used as a tool in music theory lessons.

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Thanks! I was actually talking about the bracket itself. This is an exercise from a textbook that I was using as an example of the bracket - this is not my own analysis. I'm just wondering why, considering that I see the bracket so much in analysis that I see, and especially in the Kostya book that is a standard textbook for tonal harmony, that it is not included in fonts used for harmonic/Roman numeral analysis. There are so many obscure, strange and esoteric symbols in some of these special fonts, you'd think it would be included.

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