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diminished seventh chord

Edited by Alison Latham

in The Oxford Companion to Music


Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199579037

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The chord of the diminished 7th usually appears on the seventh degree of the scale. It spans the interval of a diminished 7th and is made up of a succession of minor 3rds (thus in C major the chord is B–D–F–A♭). The diminished 7th usually resolves on to the tonic chord (Ex. 1...

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Subjects: Music

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