Saturday, January 24, 2009

RN Always Talked About The Altered Dominant

Composer Wes Flinn assesses composer Richard Nixon:

The tune is pretty straightforward, with a late-Romantic-cum-Tin-Pan-Alley harmonic structure. He likes the altered dominant (V7 becomes V+7, usually via a chromatic passing tone in the melody), and the phrase structure is regular - from what I heard, four-bar phrases are the order of the day.

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