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The Music of Joni Mitchell$
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Lloyd Whitesell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307993

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307993.001.0001

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HARMONIC PALETTE

HARMONIC PALETTE

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(p.117) 5 HARMONIC PALETTE
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The Music of Joni Mitchell
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LLOYD WHITESELL

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307993.003.0005

This chapter turns to musical details, considering the extent of Mitchell's harmonic innovation. A representative survey demonstrates how her songs fall under five broad categories of harmonic organization: modal, polymodal, chromatic, polytonal, and pedal point. Mitchell's work is impressive for its thorough exploration of alternatives to single key structures and the major/minor system.

Keywords:   harmonic innovation, modal, polymodal, chromatic, polytonal, pedal point

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