[Dixielandjazz] The Pineapple Chord

Bill Biffle bbiffle at swcp.com
Thu Nov 6 08:28:40 PST 2003

---- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dennis Mowatt" <basousanjo at blueyonder.co.uk>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 5:41 AM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] The Pineapple Chord

> In orchestral circles hereabouts this chord is referred to as "The
> Neapolitan Sixth". We used to call it the "magic" chord on account of the
> effect the sound of it had on the hairs on the back of our necks!
> Regards
> Dennis Mowatt

Or Italian Sixth, or German Sixth.  It's been a few years since I studied
18thC counterpoint, but I think the way it resolves gives it it's particular
ethnic name.  The German 6th is the most common, resolving - I believe - to
the I 6-4 (the second inversion of the tonic chord).

The big question is who cares?  No one much, I'm sure.  I still think it's
called the "pineapple chord" 'cuz it's exotic and tangy sounding.

Bill Biffle.

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