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Encyclopedia > Dominant note

In music, the dominant is the fifth degree of the scale. For example, in the C major scale (white keys on a piano), the dominant is the note G; and the dominant chord uses the notes G, B, and D. In music theory, the dominant chord in its root position is symbolized with the Roman numeral V if major and v if minor.


As defined by Joseph Fetis the dominante was a seventh chord over the first note of a descending perfect fifth in the basse fondamentale or root progression, the common practice period dominant seventh he named the dominante tonique.


A cadential dominant chord followed by a tonic chord (the chord of the key of the piece) produces an authentic cadence. If the roots are in the bass and the tonic is in the highest voice, it is a perfect authentic cadence.


"Dominant" also refers to a relationship of musical keys. For example, relative to the key of C major, the key of G major is the dominant. Music which modulates (changes key) often modulates into the dominant. Modulation into the dominant key often creates a sense of increased tension; as opposed to modulation into subdominant (fourth note of the scale), which creates a sense of musical relaxation.


See also

  • Dominant seventh chord

Source

  • Dahlhaus, Carl. Gjerdingen, Robert O. trans. (1990). Studies in the Origin of Harmonic Tonality, p.143. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691091358.

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Dominant (music) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (299 words)
A cadential dominant chord followed by a tonic chord (the chord of the key of the piece) produces an authentic cadence.
Modulation into the dominant key often creates a sense of increased tension; as opposed to modulation into subdominant (fourth note of the scale), which creates a sense of musical relaxation (because the tonic key is the dominant of its subdominant key: in F major, the dominant is C).
The dominant may also be considered the result of a transformational operation applied to the tonic that most closely resembles the tonic by some clear-cut criteria such as common tones (Perle 1955 cited in Wilson 1992, p.37-38).
Dominant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (213 words)
The dominant of a church mode was the tenor or reciting tone of psalm tones.
The dominant is also the diatonic function of the dominant note and chord.
Dominant animals take a higher position in a "pecking order", and may be the only animals allowed to breed within a group.
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