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Errors In Four Part Writing Question

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Hello, my friends

 

I'm learning four part writing with the aid of a program that, among other things, checks for errors and it tells me that I have consecutive octaves and fifths between non-consecutive chords. Is it like this? I thought the rules, at least most of them would apply only to consecutive chords. :veryunsure:

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Here is the prt scr.

 

As you can see, the program is marking an error of consecutive octaves between chord 9 and 11. Hence, the are not consecutive octaves.

 

Thank you

 

 

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It's still the same chord, so maybe that's why it tells you they are consecutive octaves. It looks fine in my humble opinion. :)

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Yes, it's fine. Since it's the same chord, the program is reading the E as though it merely rhythmically displaces the A.

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The whole point of the voice leading "rules" is to prevent sounds that are weird to post-Gregorian, Western ears.

If you were writing this for a beginning composition class, it'd be technically correct. But you do have a lot of note trading between voices. That's usually undesirable because to the ear it seems like a line disappears. When you are concerned about the rules, you want every voice to be heard all the time. Don't cross, don't make voices disappear, don't have parallel or direct 5ths or octaves. Just about everything within those parameters are okay (with a couple other exceptions concerning the soprano and alto behavior at cadences which I'm sure you're aware of).

 

My .02 : )

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