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  • Julian Rushton


The point of emergence from musical uncertainty, such as incompleteness, dissonance or ambiguity, onto a point of comparative certainty, completeness, or of single implication. Resolution implies relaxation, as when consonance succeeds dissonance, or rhythmic regularity is restored following a syncopation. It may be implied in the musical syntax of any parameter which can signify degrees of lesser tension, but in practice, in Western music, it is mainly associated with pitch....

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