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Of course there are infinite ways one might explore a scale or harmony compositionally, but one aspect of the pitch collection that made it interesting to Scriabin is that it can be used to resolve in a more-or-less traditional manner to a number of different distantly related harmonic areas. First off, a reminder about the harmonic possibilities of a ...


The notes from the Lydian dominant, containing a b7 and a #4 (#11) work over the dominant chords, as in 7th, 9th and 13ths. As with any scale with a #4 - plain Lydian is an example - that actual note gives a dissonance to the phrase it's used in, therefore needs to be used with care. This gives a feeling of tension, sometimes almost signalling a modulation ...

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