n. resolution
v. resolve

Resolution in western tonal music theory? is the move of a note or chord from dissonance (an unstable sound) to a consonance (a more final or stable sounding one).

Resolution has a strong basis in tonal music, since atonal music generally contains a more constant level of dissonance and lacks a tonal center? to which to resolve. The concept of "resolution", and the degree to which resolution is "expected", is contextual as to culture and historical period. In a classical piece of the Baroque period, for example, an added sixth? chord (made up of the notes C, E, G and A, for example) has a very strong need to resolve, while in a more modern work, that need is less strong - in the context of a pop or jazz piece, such a chord could comfortably end a piece and have no particular need to resolve. Wikipedia, Rsolution (external link)

See Also

13.12.1 - Disturbance of Equilibrium
Signal Resolution

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