[Smt-talk] Uncommon six-four chords

Ninov, Dimitar N dn16 at txstate.edu
Tue Feb 7 12:46:47 PST 2012

Dear Jason,

I am sorry if I do not understand properly, but are you mixing the meaning of the term "pedal six-four" with "neighboring six-four"? As far as I know a neighboring six-four is not a pedal six-four (even if in some books they call the pedal six-four so - they do because they have not encountered a neighboring six fou, and they probably think there are only four types of six-four chords such as passing, pedal, arpeggiated and cadential). 

However, there is also a neighboring six-four, which is supposed to be very rare. The bass in a  neighboring six four is an upper or lower neighbor of two notes of the same pitch, such as in the bass line Do-Re-Do. This could be harmonized with I-V64/-I. As I mentioned, such an application must be very rare, but that what a neighboring six-four is - it is neither pedal, nor passing.

I apologize if I understood you wrongly.

Best regards,


Dr. Dimitar Ninov, Lecturer
School of Music
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666
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Hi Jason,

There's a neighboring 6/4 decorating the subdominant in m. 11 of "La Paix" from Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Dan Zimmerman
U. of Maryland, College Park

On Feb 1, 2012, at 10:23 AM, Solomon, Jason wrote:

> 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,
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