tonic



[Eng.]


The note upon which a scale or key is based; the first note of a scale or key; the keynote.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Tonic/dominant, opposition of, Baroque:
Couperin: Second livre de clavecin, "les barricades misterieuses"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 60
Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080. Contrapunctus 1
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 25
Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 (opening of the fugue)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 17
Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 11, No. 3, III
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 21

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