[Smt-talk] Early Tritone Sub

Walt Everett weverett at umich.edu
Thu May 28 08:16:25 PDT 2009

On May 28, 2009, at 9:00 AM, Dmitri Tymoczko wrote:
> [. . .]
> Here's George's post:
> ==========================.
> There's a Frank Loesser movie song from about 1945 . . . . . I think  
> he sneaks the tritone-sub sound into "Guys and Dolls" (1950), but by  
> then it's a commonplace.

"Luck Be a Lady Tonight" is built over a rumbling alternation of I and  
bII that I think carries on over a ^1 pedal (or maybe the pedal  
sustains in upper voices).  I hear neighbors in a modal context, but  
how many would hear this as necessarily a V sub?  (There may be others  
in the show; this example comes to mind first--my 13-yr-old was just  
Nicely Nicely Johnson for two perfs--boy, was that fun!)

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