1 and 4; a ninth chord
by adding a D# in beat one of m.
The piece ends on a ninth chord
, giving "a feeling of imperfect resolution, as if to say that it is necessary to live your life as happily as possible, even if it means learning to live without people or places that you will never see again."
With the girls standing three or four feet away so they couldn't see the keyboard, their father would play chords for them to identify by ear as, say, an augmented fourth or a diminished fifth or even ("Here comes the hard one," he would say) a tricky ninth chord
The held dominant ninth chord
on G[flat] in root position, which forms the focus of the opening phrases of No.
I should now justify the terms "ninth chord
"; "major/minor fourth" and "circle of sevenths" which have already been introduced.
Even the final resolution of a downward perfect fifth to [D.sub.5] results in dissonance over a C minor seventh chord that then resolves to a B[flat] major ninth chord
. Though rather unexpected, the final chord provides stability to the song, almost implying that the poet's advice has been heard and heeded.
The first hint of this stylistic variety comes at bar 13 Example 1) with the appearance of a jazzy dominant ninth chord
, an unexpected and comical breath of fresh air clearing away the atonal dissonances of the first fifty seconds.
The works in Book 4 for late-intermediate students are more challenging than the selections in Book 3 because of thick seventh and ninth chords
, figurations with wide leaps or chromatic step progressions, and more syncopated rhythms.