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date: 20 September 2020

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This chapter shows how the tools of contemporary music theory can provide a context for sound qualities particularly common in film music since the early 1980s. It considers pairs of chords that are related in ways regarded as “distant” in traditional tonal theory. It discusses the forty-eight possible such pairs, called “tonal-triadic progression classes” (TTPC), and shows that the TTPCs can be much more easily explained and grouped using neo-Riemannian theory. This chapter highlights the importance of these groupings in the analysis of film sequences.

Keywords: music theory, film music, chord pairs, traditional tonal theory, TTPC, neo-Riemannian theory, film sequences

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