- the sixth tone of a diatonic scale, being midway between the subdominant and the upper tonic.
Origin of submediant
Also called superdominant.
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Examples from the Web for submediant
The second subject is propounded by the oboes (in the rather unusual related key of the submediant).Contemporary American Composers
In the opening Allegro the second subject occurs, by way of exception, in the major key of the submediant.The Pianoforte Sonata
The second (in B flat) is in the submediant, the last in the tonic major.
- the sixth degree of a major or minor scale
- a key or chord based on this
- of or relating to the submediant
Also (US and Canadian): superdominant
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