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n. Music
The fourth tone of a diatonic scale, next below the dominant.
1. Zoology Less than dominant; ranking below one that is dominant: the subdominant male in a pride of lions.
2. Ecology Prevalent in a community but below the dominant in importance. Used of a species.


(sʌbˈdɒmɪnənt) music
1. (Music, other) the fourth degree of a major or minor scale
2. (Music, other) a key or chord based on this
(Music, other) of or relating to the subdominant


(sʌbˈdɒm ə nənt)

1. the fourth tone of an ascending diatonic scale.
2. less than or not quite dominant.
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Noun1.subdominant - (music) the fourth note of the diatonic scale
musical note, note, tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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The InspireME color schemes are comprised of colors from the solid PANTONE Color Library and include recommendations for the dominant, subdominant and accent color.
of the final cadential pattern; the use of substitute chords for tonic, subdominant, or dominant chunk, tint the practice of resolving chords in unexpected ways; and the persistent practice of placing key notes in a melody on nunchord notes, that is, notes not belonging to the underlying harmony (p.
abruptly, in measure 5, to a tonicization of the key of the subdominant,
In ecological communities a few species are abundant whereas the vast majority are uncommon or rare (Preston, 1948, 1962; Magurran, 1988), and are variously referred to as satellite, interstitial or simply subdominant (Glenn and Collins, 1990; Howe, 1994a).
And if the control of the dispensation of largesse was a criterion of twelve-tone people power, those of us including him to whom Straus refers as the "dominant figure" (though probably only the subdominant figure) who never served on a Guggenheim committee or a panel of the National Endowment or seldom if ever anywhere else must be regarded as out of the largesse loop, and it must be concluded that such "control" was exercised by those whose music was acceptably disordered.
Earlier studies have established that individuals of subdominant species transport seeds further from the source than individuals of dominant species (Moreno et al.
The new online training tool used in Diversity: The Value of Mutual Respect provides employees with an analysis of their dominant and subdominant personality styles.
Since the C-Major Piano Sonata is the only work not also discussed by Wollenberg, some overlap in content between Clark and Wollenberg might be expected, and indeed there is an occasional significant shared idea, such as when each author describes how Schubert encircles the note as a pivot between C major and E-flat major in the brief transition between these keys in the first movement of the C-Major Quintet and their mutual rejection of the "conventional assumption" that subdominant recapitulations are intrinsically unsuccessful, the lazy way out.
Wood uses the strong tonic, dominant, and subdominant chords in the false key of [C.
Note, for example, the strikingly different representations of the 'climactic' subdominant harmony supporting c[double prime] in bar 6: in Ex.
He then goes on to study the consonance of various chords in such schemes concentrating on the (analogues of) the subdominant, dominant, and tonic chords of the standard system.