Functional Nature of the Cadential Six-Four

  • Dimitar Ninov Texas State University
Keywords: harmony, chord, function, cadential


In this article I support the idea that the cadential six-four is not a mere dominant with two non-chord tones, but a unique bi-functional chord which embodies a conflict between tonic and dominant. This concept allows the explanation of all possible appearances of the cadential six-four in the music literature.


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Author Biography

Dimitar Ninov, Texas State University

Dimitar NINOV ( is a published composer and theorist as well as an invited lecturer at various music conferences. He teaches music theory at Texas State University, San Marcos (USA). Ninov is a graduate of The University of Texas-Austin (USA) and the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. More information available at:

How to Cite
NinovD. (2016). Functional Nature of the Cadential Six-Four. Musicological Annual, 52(1), 73-96.