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Encyclopedia > Harmonic parallelism

In music harmonic parallelism, also known as harmonic planing or parallel voice leading, is the parallel movement of two or more lines or chords (harmonies). Examples may be found in Maurice Ravel's Daphnis and ChloĆ« Suite No. 2 (1913), Richard Strauss's Elektra (1909), Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, "Columbine" (1914), and William Schuman's Three Score Set for Piano (1944). In the last example the inversions of the chords suggest a bichordal effect. (DeLone et al. 1975, p.332 to 333) Music is a form of art and entertainment or other human activity that involves organized and audible sounds and silence. ... Fingering for a first position C major chord on a guitar. ... Harmony, Greek ἁρμονία harmonía meaning a fastening or join. The concept of harmony dates as far back as Pythagoras. ... Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937) was a French composer and pianist, known especially for the subtlety, richness, and poignancy of his music and generally considered to be one of the major composers of the 20th century. ... Image:Bakst-decorations. ... Richard Strauss Richard Strauss (June 11, 1864 – September 8, 1949) was a German composer of the late Romantic era, particularly noted for his tone poems and operas. ... Elektra is a one-act opera by Richard Strauss, to a German-language libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal adapted from his drama of 1903—the first of many such collaborations between composer and librettist. ... Arnold Schoenberg, Los Angeles, 1948 Schoenberg redirects here. ... Pierrot Lunaire (Moonstruck Pierrot or Pierrot in the moonlight) is an important work of Arnold Schoenberg, a setting of Albert Girauds work of French poems of the same name (translated into German by Erich Otto von Hartleben) to music. ... William Schuman William Howard Schuman (August 4, 1910–February 15, 1992) was an American composer and music administrator. ... In music theory, the word inversion has several meanings. ... In music and music theory a polychord consists of two or more chords, one on top of the other, multiple chords. ...

See also: Parallel key. In music, the parallel minor of a particular major key (or the parallel major of a minor key) is the key which has the same tonic and a different key signature, as opposed to relative minor (or major, respectively). ...


  • DeLone et. al. (Eds.) (1975). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music, chap. 4. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0-13-049346-5.



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