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Thread: Common chord modulation

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    Common chord modulation

    Should I change key signatures when writing a modulation such as common chord or enharmonic modulation, or is that determined by how long I remain in the new key?

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    it is determined by how long you stay in the new key. In most cases if a composer returns to the original key (such as in sonata allegro form) the key sig will not be changed and accidentals will be inserted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent2013 View Post
    it is determined by how long you stay in the new key. In most cases if a composer returns to the original key (such as in sonata allegro form) the key sig will not be changed and accidentals will be inserted.
    Yep! Tonicization is the term. "Shorter than a phrase" or something to that effect. Jazz/Latin tunes utilize this with the ii-V-I and it's usually at a rapid pace (in jazz most often, but not limited to).

    In CPP, you'd see analysis consisting of Secondary Dominants and/or Neopulitan chords (bIIs or IIs) Tonicization does happen in classical pieces, too

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