suspension
(suh-SPEN-shun)


[Eng.]


In part writing, a suspension is a situation in which a single note of one chord is held over into another chord, thus creating a dissonance, which is resolved by step in the following chord.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Verdi: Requiem, Dies Irae
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 28
Chopin: Prelude in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 16

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