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Section 10.5 Escape Tone

An escape tone is approached by step and left by leap in the opposite direction. An easy example to remember is the end of the “Star–Spangled Banner.” The word “of” in “home of the brave” is an escape tone.

Figure 10.5.1 Francis Scott Key and John Smith, “Star–Spangled Banner”

Here is another example, with escape tones used in a melodic sequence.

Figure 10.5.2 Haydn, Sonata No. 48 in C Major, Hob. XVI: 35, III

Here is an example of an escape tone in popular music.

Figure 10.5.3 P. McCartney and L. McCartney, “Silly Love Songs”