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n. Music
The seventh tone of a diatonic scale, immediately below the tonic.
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(Music, other) music the seventh degree of a major or minor scale. Also called: leading note
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(sʌbˈtɒn ɪk)

the seventh tone of a scale, being the next below the upper tonic.
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Noun1.subtonic - (music) the seventh 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 melodic motion uses both melodic and natural minor scale elements (major mediant, subtonic, and leading tone); this might be explained as text painting the exclamation "leave me" before the contrasting, descending motive for "to die."
Sam Bond's Garage offers up a double shot of jazz-funk music when Trio Subtonic and Dorado play Friday.
The principal works under discussion include the "Trout-Quintet (subdominant), the Symphonies in B Minor and the "Great" C-Major (mediant and submediant), the Quartellsatz and Piano Sonata in C Major (supertonic and subtonic), mid the String Quartet in Major (parallel major and minor).
Searching by scale degree is straightforward and must be entered numerically, from "1" as the tonic to "7" as the subtonic. This search method can only be used for the Classical and Folksong databases in Themefinder.
Trio Subtonic will play a CD release party Thursday at Davis' Restaurant and Bar.