I've always wondered how do presets on the organ work. You know, those little buttons which allow you to play pianissimo, piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, forte or fortissimo. How do they know which system of dynamics do I use? Mendelssohn or Cavaille-Coll? I guess they have some magic transmitters installed under the keys which pick up what style you are playing.
As soon as you start to use some chromatic harmonies they think:
"Oh, it must be German music, let's switch to the Mendelssohn system now."
"Wait a second, it's not chromatic - it's modal - time for Cavaille-Coll".
Do you know how to drive those presets crazy? You alternate between chromatic and modal every measure. Perhaps they'll explode:
"Oh no, it's neither German, nor French style. It's Lithuanian! We don't have the presets for that."
Ausra's harmony exercise:
Diatonic sequence in Bb Major: IV-ii6-V-I
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