4. Example List for Harmonic Listening

A List of Some Harmonically Simple Music

For hearing IV as plagal function chord:

Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo, performed by Tracy Byrd

Shake, Rattle, and Roll, as performed by Big Joe Turner, Bill Haley, or Elvis Presley

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for, U2

Nothin’ but a Hound Dog, as performed by Big Momma Thornton or Elvis

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Handel’s Messiah, “And the Glory of the Lord” (ending)

Hosanna (Praise is Rising), Paul Baloche

I – IV – I – IV – I – V – IV – I…

Come People of the Risen King, Keith and Kristyn Getty

I — IV – I6 – IV – I6 – V – (IV)

I — IV – (vi) – IV — I —      (a parallel interrupted period)


For hearing IV or iv and its substitute, ii6 or iio6, as a pre-dominant chord:

Heartbreak Hotel, performed by Elvis Presley

Verdi, “Bella figlia dell’amore,” Rigoletto, Act III (opening long phrase)

Mozart, String Quartet No.15 in D minor, K.421, mvt. 2, Andante (opening 2 phrases, one phrase uses IV and the other ii6)

Meyerbeer, “Se non ti moro allato,” Sei Conzonette Italiane, No. 5 (the “Adieu” section)

Blowin in the Wind, Bob Dylan

I IV I 3x,  I IV V, I IV I, I IV V  Ch: IV V I (vi) IV V I

You Are My King (Amazing Love), by Billy Foote

Verse: I6 IV V4-3  Ch: I IV I V4-3, V IV V I

The Power of the Cross, Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend

Verse: IV6 V6 I V43 I6 IV I6 (vi) IV V4-3

Ch: I6 IV V6 I 6 IV V6 I 6 IV V6/V V 42 I6 IV V4-3 (IV6 V6 I, IV7 vi7 V4-3)

Margarittaville, Jimmy Buffett

I – IV – V – I

Donizetti, end of “Cruda funesta smania,” from Lucia di Lammermoor, Act I, No. 2

…V6 65 – I – IV6 – I6 – IV – cadential 64 – V – I

end of “Ah, cedi, cedi” from Lucia di Lammermoor, Act I, No. 7

I – ii6 – cadential 64 – V – I


faster and/or more complex:

Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn

I — IV – I – V – V65/vi – vi – (I64) – ii6 – V765/V – cadential 64 – V

Mozart, String Quintet in C major, K. 515, mvt. 1, Allegro

I—V7—I6—ii6 – V42 – I6 – IV – (I64 – viio7/vi – vi) – ii6 – I64 – V42 – I6 – I – V


In minor:

Haydn, String Quartet No. 23 in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5, Hob.III:35, mvt. I, Moderato



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