Definition of harmonic progression in US English:

harmonic progression


  • 1Music
    A series of chord changes forming the underlying harmony of a piece of music.

    • ‘In an idiosyncratic article of 1916 he compares and contrasts Domenico Scarlatti with Debussy, both being fond of subversive harmonic progressions, the latter in a more systematic way.’
    • ‘My favorite waltz of any of the versions is the one in A-flat, which closes this set - a gorgeous melody with a radiant harmonic progression in the second strain.’
    • ‘A melody, a harmonic progression, a dissonance, or another device or combination of devices may be said to give a work expression.’
    • ‘Often it is as if all the elements of the music have suddenly concentrated themselves into a rhythm or a harmonic progression, or a flash of pure tonality; but such moments are impossible in isolation.’
    • ‘Unless my ears deceive me, there is something distinctly similar to the Austrian's Gurrelieder in the rich scoring; the closing pages also having an harmonic progression almost identical to Schoenberg's Pelléas and Mélisande.’
  • 2Mathematics
    A sequence of quantities whose reciprocals are in arithmetic progression (e.g., 1, 1/3, 1/5, 1/7, etc.).

    • ‘He uses similar relationships to structure his improvisations, generating melodic patterns based on underlying harmonic progressions derived from Fibonacci numbers and the ratios between them.’
    • ‘When the progression produced by reciprocal numbers is an arithmetic progression, it is called a harmonic progression. For example, 1, 1/2, 1/3,⋯ and 1, 1/3, 1/5, ⋯ are harmonic progressions.’