[Smt-talk] Seeking deceptively resolving applied dominants.

David K Feurzeig mozojo at gmail.com
Sun Jan 24 15:52:05 PST 2010

On Jan 24, 2010, at 7:57 AM, karst de jong wrote:

> I think that Rameau already considered the  iii in the progression  
> iii-IV a I7 with a non-sounding fundament, thus closely resembling a  
> I-IV progression. Consequently V/vi could be regarded as an altered  
> version of this chord (I7/9 augmented without its fundament).

This interpretation is nicely suggestive for "Imagine":

The verse begins with the progression
bar 1:     I maj7
bar 2:     IV

While the relevant passage in the chorus runs:

bar 2:     I    III7   (or V7/vi)
bar 3:     IV

This approximate parallel between the verse and chorus suggests  
exactly the correspondence Rameau claims.

Though personally I suspect Rameau's missing-fundamentals hypothesis  
is superfluous--that is, that the musical "data" are just as well- 
accounted for as a matter of common triadic subsets, without appeal to  
imaginary notes. E.g. Cmaj7 shares a triad with Em7, etc., so it's no  
great wonder they share tendencies.

David Feurzeig

University of Vermont

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