[Smt-talk] N 6/4 in Beethoven Correction

Olli Väisälä ovaisala at siba.fi
Mon Oct 10 22:41:29 PDT 2011

This Beethoven example is a rather common example of a cadential 6/4  
followed by V4/2 so as to avoid the cadence. (The dissonant fourth is  
not caused by neighboring motion in the bass but by passing ^2–^1–^7  
motion in the upper voice, as is usual for cadential 6/4s.)

Olli Väisälä
Sibelius Academy
ovaisala at siba.fi

> Dear List,
> For Beethoven's sake (and ours), I would do him a disservice if I  
> did not correct a previous post.
> In Op. 60/ii, the neighbor motion in the bass (cf. mm. 31 and 86)  
> of ^4--^5--^4 is not realized as "ii6--I6/4--ii6" as stated  
> earlier. Indeed, Beethoven does not return to ii6 but transforms ^4  
> into a chordal seventh (V4/2) in order to proceed to the third of  
> the prolonged Edim7 chord (vii*7/ii). The ^4 that supports ii6 does  
> return, though in a lower octave, following this diminished seventh  
> chord intensification as the Essential Closes are approached.
> Steven D. Mathews
> PhD Student in Music Theory
> University of Cincinnati - CCM
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