- the second tone of a diatonic scale, being the next above the tonic.
Origin of supertonic
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In the last measure but one, both the supertonic and leading tone should appear.A Treatise on Simple Counterpoint in Forty Lessons
Friedrich J. Lehmann
D minor is the supertonic of C major; therefore C major is related to D minor and may be called its flat 7th.
- the second degree of a major or minor scale
- a key or chord based on this
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