Is there a name for this musical progression?
In the 3rd mvt of the Bach double, there is a musical progression that I think I have heard in other baroque pieces. Is there a name for this...can someone describe to me what is happening here from a theory perspective?
I get the general idea that it’s a progression of chords where one note changes at a time. But I am wondering if there is more to it than that and if there is an actual term for this.
1:06 to 1:16 in this video:
Sounds like he might be going through the "cycle of 5ths" (you can look that up) and using some suspensions to do it. My theory is rusty though!
I admit I haven't listened to the excerpt, but I'd guess what you're hearing is the common Baroque device known as a "sequence." Bach, Handel, Vivaldi---they all used sequences. You do see sequences in composers that came later but they tend not to be so prevalent or obvious.
Ah, I assumed he meant progression in the correct sense, yes it was a sequence (I listened to it).
Thank you Scott for the detailed explanation and Gemma for confirming based on the video! I like the way it sounds and am happy there is an actual name for it. Also good to understand the practical reason for it (yes it sounds just like an elevator!). Agreed that progression is not the right word for it but was the closest I could come up with at the time. Now I have a new word in my musical vocabulary. Thanks!
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