A Comparative Study of Harmonic Rhythm in Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major by J.S. Bach and Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major (K.543) by W.A. Mozart and Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, by L. van Beethoven

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Music, harmonic rhythm, comparative, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven


Arts and Humanities | Music | Music Education


The first object of this research project is to compute the average rate of chord change for each movement of the three works under investigation: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, by Johann Sebastian Bach; Symphony No. 39, in E-flat Major (K. 543), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; and Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, O. 55, by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The second object is to determine whether there is any specific tendency toward a change of rate of chord-change during the cadences within the movements.

The third object is to assemble the results in such a way that appropriate comparisons can be made--both within the word, among the various movements, and among the three works analyzed.

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