Lecture, LSO St Luke's, Thursday, 24 Nov 2022 - 18:00
The Dominant Seventh Chord
The name might sound forbiddingly technical, but the chord is immediately recognisable and it has played a hugely important role in tonal music. This is a chord of action and motion: it sounds unstable and incomplete, leading the listener to expect the particular triad that is its normal target. Without this chord, what we call Viennese classicism (Haydn-Mozart-Beethoven) would have been impossible.
We will also look at how composers play with the expectations generated by the chord.
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