Rockin’ Out: Expressive Modulation in Verse-Chorus Form

  title={Rockin’ Out: Expressive Modulation in Verse-Chorus Form},
  author={Christopher Doll},
  journal={Music Theory Online},
  • C. Doll
  • Published 1 October 2011
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  • Music Theory Online
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