Arnold Schoenberg
Question about modulation (Schoenberg, theory of harmony)
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I am studying Schoenberg' s theory of harmony, fascinating how he leads you from the basics to the complex ! I have a question, could anyone help me ?

In chapter IX of the theory of harmony Schoenberg shows how to modulate from one tonality to another via intervening keys.For example modulation from C to G : From C via a minor, e minor to G (exemple 120).

In chapter X he recommends to drop the idea of intermediate keys and to relate the secondary dominants to the initial key so long there has not been a series of chords deciding for the new key.

In example 134 Schoenberg doesn't indicate how the chords should be interpreted: how should the fourth chord : f a d b (= 4/3 7th chord be interpreted ? should it be related to the initial key C ? In that case it would be VII of C. But it looks as if the modulation to e has been initiated already by the second chord a c f# d#. In that case the third chord would be I of e, but then, which chord of e is the fourth chord ? A diminished secondary dominant chord on I of e? Like the one in example 137 E 2a?

Thanks for your answer.
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Hello ADHU,

I have studied and actually teach Schoenberg harmony.
If you are interested, I could give you lessons on his whole treatise.
I also teach counterpoint.
If you are not local there's always Skype.

Warm Regards,