neighbor note


variants or less commonly neighbor tone or neighboring tone or neighboring note
: a nonharmonic note that is approached stepwise from above or below and returns to the previous note
Within this motive and elsewhere in the movement, the semitone neighbor note will prove to be the most consequential motivic cell …Stephen E. Hefling, ed., Nineteenth-Century Chamber Music, 1998

called also (chiefly British) auxiliary note, auxiliary tone

see counterpoint illustration
neighbor-note adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neighbor note was in 1900

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“Neighbor note.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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