tonic key

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Noun1.tonic key - the basic key in which a piece of music is writtentonic key - the basic key in which a piece of music is written
tonality, key - any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
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The tonic key of [E.sup.[flat]] does return, with material from the exposition's bridge and then the second theme, yet the heroic principal theme is oddly absent.
The principal theme, after enduring the course of its "fate" in the development section, (10) returns in the original tonic key, often enriched by added voices or new harmonic inflections, as one returns from a voyage enriched by new experiences.
The lyrical second theme, interestingly, remains in the tonic key, making the exposition almost identical to the recapitulation--much easier to learn, but a less useful model for future sonatina study.
Within the middle of second stanza, the tonic key of E[flat] reappears, as does a melodic fragment from the opening stanza.
Each of Koch's exercises gives a different combination of phrases in the tonic key (I-phrases) and phrases in the dominant key (V-phrases).