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Modulating sentences

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Description Discusses the process of modulation, or key change, in musical composition. Explains the major and minor tonal patterns which dominate all music of the period under discussion (1700-1900). Illustrates the concept of the "freedom of the keys" with modulating sentences of two, three, and four phrases. Stresses the importance of understanding modulation when dealing with all the major forms of music.