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Example 4.9. Metric states of mm. 54-57
5/4(2+3)x2 5/4(3+2)x2 /2
The Transition
The goal-oriented harmony of the transition is accompanied by goal-oriented metric
diminution involving motivic material from the first theme group (mm. 28-34). Macan likens the
transition to the fortspinnung technique because the motives from the second theme group occur
in inversion.43 The tonal goal of the transition, according to Macan, is to reach the bitonal
subdominant at the beginning of the closing theme group, which contains a tritone relationship
between C of the C axis and a G-flat sonority on the D-flat axis. The subdominant, to Macan, is
treated sequentially in a "cadential or transitional role."44


43 Macan, 416.
44 Ibid.

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