Bridge chord

For transitional harmony, see Modulation (music).
Bridge chord
Component intervals from root
major sixth
minor third
major second
Forte no. / Complement
6-z29 / 6-z50
Bridge chord on C  Play .

The Bridge chord is a bitonal chord named after its use in the music of composer Frank Bridge (1879–1941). It consists of a minor chord with the major chord a whole tone above (CEG & DFA),[1][2] as well as a major chord with the minor chord a semitone above (CEG & DFA), which share the same mediant (E/F).[1][3] ( Play ) Both form eleventh chords under inversion (DFACEG = D119 and DFACEG = DmM7A9A11).

Bridge had strong pacifist convictions, and he was deeply disturbed by the First World War, after which his compositions, beginning in 1921–24 with the Piano Sonata, were marked by a radical change in musical language.[4] The Bridge chord is fairly dissonant, containing seconds as well as two tritones.

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  1. 1 2 Payne, Anthony; Foreman, Lewis; and Bishop, John (1976). The Music of Frank Bridge, p.42. Thames Publishing. ISBN 9780905210025.
  2. Mark Thornton Burnett, Adrian Streete, and Ramona Wray, eds. (2011). The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts, p.174. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748635238.
  3. Hold, Trevor (2005). Parry to Finzi: Twenty English Song-composers, p.180. Boydell Press. ISBN 9781843831747.
  4. Payne, Anthony, Paul Hindmarsh, and Lewis Foreman. 2001. "Bridge, Frank". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers.
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