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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. Joseph 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”