Volume 10, Number 2, June 2004
Copyright 2004 Society for Music Theory
Bret Aarden and Paul T. von Hippel
Rules for Chord Doubling (and Spacing): Which Ones Do We Need?
 

2.1.3 First-Inversion Triads

Table 2.1.3a. Rules for voice-doubling in first-inversion triads, according to various theorists. (Only theorists who identify inversion-specific rules are included.) 

Theorists Double the root Double the third Root > Fifth (> Third) No third Depends on quality Double soprano Reinforce the key No rules
Alchin (26)              
Aldwell & Schachter  (27)            
Benjamin, et al. (28)          
Bullis (65)              
Chadwick (30)            
Christ, et al. (31)            
DeLone (32)              
Kostka & Payne (36)              
MacPherson (39)            
Des Marais (40)              
Morris (42)          
Murphy & Stringham (66)          
Ottman (44)              
Piston (46)              
Rimsky-Korsakov (50)            
Serly (53)          
Siegmeister (55)          
Stainer (56)            
Tchaikovsky (58)            
Trotter (60)              
Tweedy (61)              
Warburton (62)            
Weidig (63)              
Total: 2 1 10 10 8 5 4 1


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Brent Yorgason, Managing Editor
Updated 03 June 2004