Definition of subdominant in English:

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Pronunciation: /səbˈdämənənt/


The fourth note of the diatonic scale of any key.
Example sentences
  • That Schubert is fond of modulating to the subdominant is well-known.
  • His discovery may lead him to improvise B sections in the subdominant.
  • In some pieces it is the last accidental one hears, such as the second ‘Brandenburg’ Concerto, though this is more to be expected: the farewell wave to the subdominant, so to speak.

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Syllabification: sub·dom·i·nant

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