[Smt-talk] Early Tritone Sub

Steven Rosenhaus srosenhaus at earthlink.net
Thu May 28 06:12:09 PDT 2009

On May 28, 2009, at 8:32 AM, ericlwen at aol.com wrote:

> I'm assuming the passage you refer to in Rhapsody in Blue is the F- 
> major "dominant-seventh" chord in bar 21 of the big E-major theme  
> (Andantino moderato) that leads to a return of the main theme in bar  
> 23. On the second half of bar 22 the C descends to B (with the bass  
> F acting as a grace note to this B). What's unusual here is that the  
> E-flat (the seventh of the F-major chord) becomes enharmonically  
> transformed into a D-sharp (the third of the dominant).

Hi Eric,

The "F7" would be a German Augmented 6th chord then, as well as a  
tritone sub.

Dr. Steven L. Rosenhaus
E-mail: srosenhaus at earthlink.net
URL: http://homepages.nyu.edu/~slr3

Link to "Writing Musical Theater" by Allen Cohen and Steven L.  

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