Harmonic density

Hi, I am looking for recommendations of harmonically complex progressions within the realm of tonality. Preferably dense enough that it isn't completely ambiguous as to the chord. It can be a piece, a section, even a few bars, etc. I am working on analyses. I am currently doing one for Franck's violin sonata 1st movement, which has very dense chords that are still functioning tonally. Stuff like complex common-tone voice leading, chromatic chords, augmented 6th chords, etc. I would prefer to avoid music that relies too much on planing/parallel chords, so impressionist music isn't necessarily the best answer. I was thinking late brahms might be a good choice. Also, this stuff is really great music. I really enjoy stuff that is weird harmonically and still within the realm of tonality. Especially when it adheres to a cohesive overarching form.

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  • Rachmaninoff Prelude no. 2 in C Sharp minor.
  • Does it have to be classical? If not, Lakes by Pat Metheny comes to mind.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byZuuPF8ric

  • Try anything by Max Reger or Sigfrid Karg-Elert.

  • Perhaps Bruckner, specifically, his Fifth Symphony:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acnqe5Gqa1c

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  • Happy New Year, David!

    Plenty of very good suggestions here already. Too much work to be done.

    A homage by Ravel to his fellow country men baroque harpsichordists.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XDs37sQRa4

    Brief but with content hopefully appropriate to your aim.

    (or one of the other movements would do?)

  • J. S. Bach and George Phillip Telemann did a similar homage to Morris Ravel and Ravi Shankar, on the Modern Sitarpsichord.

    Just type Sitarpsichord into google or duckduckgo.com

     

  • Fine point but they were not French (at least then). (Or were they?...)

    Nice page you got there, never think that I don't follow

  • No.  They weren't French.

    But not everyone can be perfect.

  • I thought you believed in perfect unisons (at least), you know... the absolute... immovable... one... thingy...

  • I believe in a flawless Trichord,  the Perfect and Holy Trinity:

    The French, the Hellenes (Έλληνες), and the Norwegians.

    There are angels, too, of course, beneath them in dignity.   (Those that Caesar called, the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes; though their perfection is highly attenuated).



    Socrates Arvanitakis said:

    I thought you believed in perfect unisons (at least), you know... the absolute... immovable... one... thingy...

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