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n. Music
The sixth tone of a diatonic scale. Also called superdominant.


(sʌbˈmiːdɪənt) music
1. (Music, other) the sixth degree of a major or minor scale
2. (Music, other) a key or chord based on this
(Music, other) of or relating to the submediant
Also (US and Canadian): superdominant


(sʌbˈmi di ənt)

the sixth tone of an ascending diatonic scale.
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Noun1.submediant - (music) the sixth note of a major or minor scale (or the third below the tonic)
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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In the wake of Everett's essay, such a declaration requires more comparative study, while Whiteley's writing too is occasionally under-theorized, such as where she equates submediant bridge beginnings with the quality of being "stuck" (64).
The second triad of the section, in the second half of bar 10, is the pivotal E[flat], which is the subdominant in B[flat] Major, but submediant in g minor (as was the case with the second half of bar 6)--another play between major and minor tonalities.
The second half generally begins with a recollection of the opening A material (varying from three to seventeen measures) before moving into a section of technical display for the cello set against an unstable harmonic background, nearly always including a temporary move to the submediant.
His virtuoso analysis of the third movement of the Piano Quintet synthesizes several traditional critical observations--the tonal ambiguity of the opening, the persistent emphasis on the half-step between dominant and submediant and the juxtaposition of 6/8 and 2/4--thereby revealing them as part of a sophisticated strategy of intensified instability and delayed resolution.