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Section 10.6 Double Neighbor

The double neighbor (sometimes called a “neighbor group”) occurs when both the upper and lower neighbor occur before the return to the starting tone.

Figure 10.6.1. C major arpeggio embellished with double neighbors
Figure 10.6.2. Friedrich Kuhlau, Sonatina in C Major, Op. 55, No. 1, I (1823)

The double neighbor is sometimes confused with escape tones and appoggiaturas. Be sure to keep track of chord tones when analyzing non-chord tones. Look at the next example and ask yourself how you would analyze the harmony and non-chord tones on beat 4 of the first measure.

Figure 10.6.3. W.A. Mozart, Piano Sonata K. 333, I (1784)

In the next section we discuss the anticipation.