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ANONYMOUS I
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COURSE OF TONE: ANONYMOUS I
Argument. Thirds and fourths expand and contract in a chain (g'a'-f-d'(c'd')-b-fg(f)-cd).
This song is unusually free in form; witness the extra initial movement in B2, the different endings in C1 and C2, and many alternative intervals, the slides where the spirit moved, and the small movements of approach and return to notes with which the melody proceeds. The unaided ear was helpless to do otherwise than transform this variety into the hum­drum diatonic sequences of the staff notation. Most of the semitones produced by the approaches and returns were neglected; that noted after the climax in B obtaining its undue prominence through its coin-
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