[Smt-talk] Subdominant versus Predominant

Ildar Khannanov solfeggio7 at yahoo.com
Sun May 6 20:24:24 PDT 2012

Of course! And, talking about Cesar Franck, in his sonata for Violin and Piano in A, the opening chord is V9, guess, what is the second chord? (ii !!!). Subdominant function (represented here by supertonic triad) interferes from the outset. Well, the D9 has its tones. The ballance is perfect.
Ildar Khannanov

--- On Sun, 5/6/12, Stephen Jablonsky <jablonsky at optimum.net> wrote:

From: Stephen Jablonsky <jablonsky at optimum.net>
Subject: Re: [Smt-talk] Subdominant versus Predominant
To: "Stephen Jablonsky" <jablonsky at optimum.net>
Cc: "Ildar Khannanov" <solfeggio7 at yahoo.com>, smt-talk at lists.societymusictheory.org
Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 10:18 PM

Tonight I revisited the Franck Symphony in Dm and was reminded that all three movements end with some kind of plagal cadence. I am beginning to suspect that as music became more chromatic the subdominant's role in the harmonic narrative became increasingly important in defining the tonality. I am thinking Meistersinger Overture, Brahms Symphony II (last movement), Mahler 9 (last movement)...

On May 6, 2012, at 4:25 PM, Stephen Jablonsky wrote:

Every time I hear a large piece of music end with a plagal cadence I grin.

Prof. Stephen Jablonsky, Ph.D.
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The City College of New York
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