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    I love half diminished chords, what are your favorite examples in classical music?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpoodestump View Post
    I love half diminished chords, what are your favorite examples in classical music?
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    Schoenberg used them in his early Romantic works, like Transfigured Night, Pelleas und Mellisande, and Gurrelieder. It seems that Berg's Op. 1 Piano Sonata is full of 'em...
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    Haydn had a great time with the half-diminished 7th that naturally occurs in the major scale, i.e. the one built on the 7th scale degree (Ti-Re-Fa-La). He had a characteristic way of using it in a progression toward the dominant. It's the pronounced use of this chord, for instance, that ties together the two seemingly disparate sections (i.e. the main, slow part, and the out-of-nowhere lickety-split coda) of the 2nd movement of Symphony #79.
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    Half-diminished chords always sound like minor chords with an added sixth. Like, B-D-F-A sounds like a D minor sixth (D-F-A-B). Then, when you drop notes down a half-step, all kinds of new stuff emerges, and it's smooth voice leading. Like lower the B to Bb, and you get Bb-D-F-A, and Bb major seventh. Lower the D to Db, and B-Db-F-A emerges, a Db aug 7. Lower F to E, and you get B-D-E-A, and it's an E suspended seventh. Lower A to Ab, and get B-D-F-Ab, a fully diminished chord on B.
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    Try Villa-Lobos Prelude no. 3 for guitar. Kind of like Debussy, who probably did something similar earlier

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    Mahler’s Seventh opens with half-diminished chords. Such chords are effective for creating a sense of emotional ambiguity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    Mahler’s Seventh opens with half-diminished chords. Such chords are effective for creating a sense of emotional ambiguity.
    It also opens the final movement of Tchaikovsky's 6th. But is it a half-diminished chord?As I remember a half diminished seventh chord is a Root-Minor 3rd-Diminished 5th-Diminished 7th.

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