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Thursday, January 31, 2008

The embellishing tone in measure 15, the Db, or le, acts as a passing tone. The second statement of "grau" or gray is colored with a #ivo7 chord. The fully dimished chord has a dark, unhappy sound, which illustrates the misery described by everything "going gray". The chord is not from the parallel minor, f minor, so it is not a modal mixture chord.

1 comment:

Scott said...

Not #ivo7, but viio7/V. It is an example of "secondary mode mixture" since the leading tone chord is fully diminished rather than half-diminished as would be expected for the tonicization of a major triad (V). Plus the Ab in the melody comes from the parallel minor.

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