[Smt-talk] BELGIAN +6

Ditto, Charles charlesditto at txstate.edu
Sun Nov 20 15:04:26 PST 2011

This chord can also be found in Grieg's song "Eros."  I used to joke (back in the 90s) with my teachers Stefan Kostka and Douglass Green about naming it the Norwegian +6.  Also, I recently found this chord in Verdi's "Macbeth" in the ballet sequence.

Charles Ditto
School of Music
Texas State University
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Subject: [Smt-talk] BELGIAN +6

In the music of such late Romantics as Cesar Franck we occasionally see a half diminished chord, usually viiø/V, that has its third lowered in the first inversion or even root position. This is just like the German augmented 6th chord but it is half-diminished, not diminished. I was wondering if there is a nationality associated with this phenomenon. We have the Italian, German, and French versions of augmented sixths chords but I know of no name for this chord.  I am, therefore, suggesting for lack of better appellation that we call this chord the Belgian augmented 6th in honor of Franck. A nice example of such a chord is found in the first movement of his Symphony in Dm (p. 17 in the Kalmus score).

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