[Smt-talk] BELGIAN +6

Stephen Jablonsky jablonsky at optimum.net
Sun Nov 20 20:38:22 PST 2011


I beg to differ with you on one account. The Tristan chord is not a chord. At first it sounds like an Fø but after five long beats morphs into a  Fr+6 (B7b5/F), so the sound is not the same as Franck's example. Franck is using a Bø in root position with a Db in an inner voice and A on top as viiøb3/V.
On Nov 20, 2011, at 1:15 PM, Walt Everett wrote:

> Stephen Jablonsky wrote: 
>> 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. 
> Applied to V, this might be called the Bayreuth or Bavarian 6th, honoring the Tristan chord, which precedes the Franck usage by three decades.  Just a bit flip, I called this chord the Levittown 6th when it resolves to IV in Billy Joel.  (This same function also occurs in the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," perhaps why some have called it the "American" 6th.  As the Beach Boys song precedes the Joel example by nearly a decade, perhaps "Hawthorne" or "California" 6th would be a more appropriate label.  Joel's father, by the way, emigrated from Bavaria. . . . )  Good sources: Phil Lambert's "Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds" (*twentieth-century music* 5/1, fn 34), Dan Harrison's "Supplement to the Theory of Aug 6th Chords," Spectrum 17/2 and his "After Sundown" in Covach-Boone, eds, *Understanding Rock* pp 39-40 and n 13).
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