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Encyclopedia > Suspension (music)

In music theory, a suspension is a nonchord tone that occurs when the harmony shifts from one chord to another, but one or more notes of the first chord are held over, suspended, into the second but then resolved to a chord tone. See also: suspended chord, which contains a suspension which does not resolve.

Suspensions are given numbers corresponding to the intervals of the suspended and resolving notes. Ie a 6-5 suspension would be the sixth note of the chord resolving to the fifth.

Contrast with anticipation.

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Nonchord tone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (454 words)
While such tones are most obvious in homophonic music, they can occur in contrapuntal music as well.
Suspensions may be further described using the number of the interval forming the suspension and its resolution; e.g.
A suspension must be prepared with the same note (in the same voice) using a chord tone in the preceding chord; otherwise it is an appoggiatura.
Suspension - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (162 words)
Suspension is a form of punishment in which a privilege is taken away for a specified period of time.
For example, a driver's license may be suspended for an infraction of the traffic rules.
Sports participants such as football players and Formula 1 drivers also endure suspensions for rule infringements, meaning they cannot take part in the sport until the suspension period is over.
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