Thus the color which was the leading tone of one room became the relieving tint of another.
leading tone—the tone which demands resolution to the tonic (one-half step above it).
The theme is treated with reverence, delicacy and judgment, and the leading tone is that of a mighty hymn of rejoicing.
In the last measure but one, both the supertonic and leading tone should appear.
This avoidance of the seventh or leading tone is seen throughout the symphony as well as in the traditional jubilee tunes.
The color of blood is this plainly taken for the leading tone in the storm-clouds above the "Slave-ship."