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Beethoven spelling a D#7 chord with a G-natural in 2nd movement of Emperor Concerto -- why?

This isn't much of an answer. More of a comment about the "sharps for rising chromatic lines" practice. In Mozart's Fantasia in C minor, K.475 there is a chromatic scale over an F7 chord ...
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Beethoven spelling a D#7 chord with a G-natural in 2nd movement of Emperor Concerto -- why?

The short answer is that it is easier for the performer to read. But another, more intriguing answer to this puzzle is that the construction of harmony was not reliant on block chords until more than ...
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bVI Root Substitution

I recently saw it being used in the context of a ii - V - I to delay the final resolve of a song. Specifically the following: || A7#11(13) Amin9 | C/D D7b9 | EbMaj7♯11(13) || I suppose you're asking ...
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bVI Root Substitution

I think you're asking about the chord A♭ (or A♭7) followed by chord C, for example, in key C. If you are, there's only the C note in common, all the others are non-diatonic, which makes the listener ...
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bVI Root Substitution

To me the theory behind why the V7-bVI works is that the tritone of the V7 chord, resolves in exactly the same way as it does in a V7-i. The bVI comes from the parallel minor. Using your example’s key ...
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bVI Root Substitution

It can operate in three ways: As a deceptive cadence, but using bVI from the parallel minor rather than the native vi. As a subdominant substitution. This is the case in the given bVI - bVII - I ...
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Is there a term for chords like F/G and C/D?

We used to abbreviate them as ‘sus’ chords. F/G = Gsus
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What is the function of this slash chord in a Swedish Traditional song?

What it definitely ISN'T is a series of complicatedly-named A chords. It's a D triad with A in the bass, then an E triad with A in the bass. As the A bass persists for (at least) a few bars, we can ...
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What is the function of this slash chord in a Swedish Traditional song?

As well as being a pedal point - as previously pointed out, since it goes on throughout, it could also be regarded as an ostinato. The pedal point is a single note that keeps getting repeated, ...
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What is the function of this slash chord in a Swedish Traditional song?

The bass A is a pedal point. If we go by the key signature, it is a tonic pedal. This progression reminds me of something similar, but in classical style... As you can see it also uses a dominant ...
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What is the function of this slash chord in a Swedish Traditional song?

This example is a bit complicated—I suspect it's a moment of modulation from another key, like maybe D major. At first I looked at the excerpt and thought, "A major?! Then why does it start with ...
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What is the function of this slash chord in a Swedish Traditional song?

As described in the previous answer linked in the comment by Elements in Space: E/A means to play the E chord with an A in the bass. That answer gives several reasons why this notation might be used. ...
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If a chord has a note from an extension in the bass, is that note still an extension?

G B♭ D F A makes a Gm9. Usually, any other extensions are just that - extensions. There are none (higher), so for me, the chord is Gm9. However, the writer wanted a C note in the bass, so '/C' was ...
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