German sixth


Definition of German sixth

: an augmented sixth chord including a major third and a perfect fifth above the lowest note (such as A-flat–C–E-flat–F-sharp) — compare french sixth , italian sixth — see sixth chord

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First Known Use of German sixth

1812, in the meaning defined above

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“German sixth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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