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Conclusion

Harmony is a composer/arranger’s main story telling device. It provides us the context over which the rest of the music happens. Often, a composer’s harmonic language serves and a compositional fingerprint that underpins their personal style. Chopin sounds different from Beethoven in part because of the differences in their harmonic decisions.

Composition Assignment

Take your theme and 4 variations and write an harmonic accompaniment. Here’s an example using the Carmen variations from the previous lesson.