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i have a decision to make regarding the end of the revised second movement of my timpani piece.

i've built up a sort-of pattern and expectation regarding its tonality and set up a moment halfway through where it takes the previous section's G chord and attacks the next section with a tonic C tonality except that the bottom note hit is a C# instead of a C natural. Happy with that.

for the end of the movement, i've rebuilt up the sense of tonality from chromatic stuff to a G chord again, and this time i'm going to end the movement. So should the end of the movement's resolve actually resolve on C, or should it again resolve on C#?

The argument for arriving on C is that it feels like a resolve both in the context of standard tonality and in the context of what i've built up to have the middle so deliberately not resolve in that way. It's also a favorable choice because resolving on the C# doesn't create an arrival point that's anything new from the last time that the tonality was built, and that sits the wrong way with me.

The argument against arriving on C is that that would make three out of the four movements of the piece resolve on that same C. no worries about movement 1 and 4 ending that way since the first movement is slow, the last movement is fast, it provides a good bookend, &c, but it feels wrong to have this movement do it too, especially since the third movement doesn't either.

of course it's timpani music; i could always just shift the entire thing up a half step and make the final resolve a C# chord instead of a C chord. that might be the right thing to do; it spices up the overall tonal vocabulary of the piece since i'm doing most of it with a "white key" philosophy, still achieves the effect that i want, but avoids being too redundant.


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March 2017