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This week’s challenge:
Here is the end of Chopin’s Prelude in G minor, Opus 28 No. 22:
What is the name of the chord circled in red? Hint: look at how the chord is spelled!
Check back on Friday, May 21st for the answer!
ANSWER for 5/17/21
German Augmented 6th Chord (also, German 6th, Ger+6)
The German sixth is a type of augmented sixth chord, most often used as a chromatic approach to the dominant (V). In the Chopin prelude, it’s followed by the cadential 6/4 chord (I 6/4), then V, and finally i.
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