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C5. Keys - Exercises

Grade 6 Music Theory C5 - Keys - Exercises

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1. Look at the following 8-bar piano piece and answer the questions below. (Click on the play button to listen to it).

 

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a. Which two keys are represented by this key signature? music theory answer

b. Label the chords in bars 1 and 2 using Roman numerals (e.g. I, ii)  in both of these keys. music theory answer

c. Which of the two keys uses mostly chords I and V? music theory answer

d. What key does the piece start in and why? music theory answer

e. Which accidental is introduced in bars 4-5? music theory answer

f. Which scale uses the sharp in the key signature plus this new accidental? music theory answer

g. Label the chords in bars 4-6 using Roman numerals in this new key. music theory answer

h. What is the relationship between the opening key and this new key? (e.g. tonic-dominant, relative major/minor etc.) music theory answer

i. Which accidentals are used in bars 7-8? music theory answer

j. Complete the notes used in bars 7-8 in ascending order, starting from B.  What key is this scale and which note is missing? music theory answer

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k. Label the chords in bars 7-8 in this new key. music theory answer

l. What is the relationship between the key used in bars 3-6 and the key used in bars 7-8? music theory answer

m. Complete the following analysis of the key of the piece: This piece starts in ____music theory answer____, passes through ____music theory answer_____ and finally modulates to ____music theory answer_____.

 

 

2. Analyse the keys used in the following excerpts. Ask yourself the same kind of questions as you saw in exercise 1 to help you:

  • Which keys use these sharps/flats?
  • Do these notes belong to chords I (or i) and V or to more "obscure" chords?
  • Do these notes make up most of any particular scale?
  • Is this new key closely connected to the previous key? (Close relationships are Tonic-Dominant, Tonic-Subdominant and Relative Major - Minor)

 

a. Schumann - Soldier's March, for piano

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This piece starts in ____music theory answer____,  and modulates to  ____music theory answer____.  

 

 

b. Pergolesi - Allegro from Sonata no.7 in E, for piano

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This piece starts in ____music theory answer____,  and modulates to  ____music theory answer____.

 

c. Saint Saëns - Oboe Sonata, First movement.  (You can also listen to the piece on Youtube.)

 

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This excerpt starts in ____music theory answer____,  at bar 14 passes briefly through ____music theory answer____ and then modulates to ____music theory answer_____ by the end.

 

 

d. Beethoven - Symphony no.1, First movement bars 13-26 (Allegro con Brio section). (You can also listen on Youtube: link automatically starts at this section).

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This section starts in ____music theory answer____,  and modulates to ____music theory answer____ after about 6 bars. The chord in bars 25-26 is the dominant 7th (V7) chord in the key of ____music theory answer_____.

 

(Full scores for the Saint-Saëns and Beethoven can be found at www.imslp.org)

 

 

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