Chord Connection Chart (Four-Part Textures)
Applied Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 91, Fall 2000

Chords in Root Position

A. Repeated Roots (p. 91)

B. Roots a 4th (5th) Apart (p. 92)

C. Roots a 3rd (6th) Apart (p. 95)

D. Roots a 2nd (7th) Apart (p. 97)

1. Retain same open/close position.

1. Keep the common tone and move the remaining two upper voices by step in the same direction

1. Keep the common tones stationary and move the remaining voice by step

1. Move upper three voices in contrary motion to bass

2. Change open/close position

2. Move all three upper parts in the same direction (similar motion), with no leaps larger than a 3rd


Exception: V-vi or V-VI. See p. 97

Note: In the above cases you can arpeggiate upper voices freely following spacing conventions found on pp. 78-80. In addition, the bass may arpeggiate an octave

3. Keep the common tone and move the voice with the 3rd of the first chord to the 3rd of the second chord


See chapter 6 (pp. 91-98) for more information