[Smt-talk] Uncommon six-four chords

Nobile, Drew DNobile at gc.cuny.edu
Fri Feb 3 08:26:42 PST 2012

Hi Jason,

In Schubert's Piano Sonata in A minor (D 845), first movement, measures 36–37, V6/5 passes down to V7 chromatically (in an omnibus fragment) such that ii6/4 occurs over ^6 in the bass.

Drew F. Nobile
Ph.D. candidate, music theory
CUNY Graduate Center
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On Feb 1, 2012, at 10:23 AM, Solomon, Jason wrote:


I am seeking examples (from any style or time period, but preferably from the common practice) of ii6/4 serving as a passing chord between V and V6, with or without the seventh added either to ii (ii4/3) or to one or both dominants. (I’m not particularly interested in V4/3 of V.) I am assuming that this progression is nonexistent in minor because of the +2 that would occur in the bass; however, I wouldn’t be shocked to find something like: V - iio6/4 - v6 - V6.

I am also looking for instances of the leading-tone triad serving as a neighbor (or, pedal) six-four to IV: IV -  viio6/4 - IV. Here, I am primarily interested in either the leading-tone triad alone or one with a m7 added to produce the diatonic, half-diminished LT7. (The fully-diminished LT7 in this context could be analyzed as a common-tone diminished seventh chord, and I have plenty of examples of this).

Thanks in advance for any suggestions that you might have to offer!

Best wishes,

Jason W. Solomon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Music Theory
Department of Music
Agnes Scott College
Office: Presser 101
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