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Music Theory QuickThink: 

-          A suspension occurs when a pitch of a consonant harmonic interval is held (often over the barline in the case of counterpoint exercises) while the other voice moves.  The suspended tone then resolves downward by step.  There are three parts to every suspension (1) the preparation, which is the harmonic consonance prior to the suspension (2) the suspension, which usually forms a dissonant interval, (3) the resolution, the result of the suspended note moving down by step into a consonant harmonic interval

-          A dissonant suspension is the most common type of suspension.  It involves a dissonant “suspended” interval moving to a consonant harmonic interval.  If the suspended note is in the top voice, the dissonant suspension types could be 4-3, 7-6, or 9-8  … where the first number dissonant interval (above the bass) and the second number is the resolve consonant interval (above the same bass).   If the suspended pitch is in the bass voice, then the common dissonant suspension type is a 2-3.

-          A consonant suspension is where both the suspended interval and the resolution interval are both consonant. If the suspended pitch is in the upper voice the consonant suspension type is 6-5. If the suspended pitch is in the lower voice, the consonant suspension type is 5-6.

-          If you follow a suspension with the same type of suspension, that is called creating a chain of suspensions.  The common chain of suspension types are 4-3, 7-6, and 2-3.  The other suspension types are note found in chains as they imply parallel 5th or parallel octave motion.

Objective 14.2: Define, Identify, label, and notate the following embellishments - suspension, dissonant suspension, consonant suspension, chain of suspensions