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Implied harmonies

When analysing elaborations in the foreground, it is sometimes necessary to take into account harmonies that are implied even though they are not supported in the bass. The extract below provides a simple example in which a dominant harmony is implied in the right hand of the second half of the first full bar. Although a D pedal continues in the bass, the E and C# are best understood as an implied dominant harmony. The only alternative would be to understand these two notes as a double neighbor note onto the D at the beginning of the next bar, which is a less elegant (though not technically incorrect) reading.

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