work is characterized by the so-called Petrushka chord (consisting of C
major and F♯ major triads played together), a bitonality device
heralding the appearance of the main character. This was a revolutionary
innovation for music in the early 20th century.
chord combines two major triads whose roots are spaced by a tritone. For
instance, a C major triad combined with an F# major triad creates the
"Jazz musicians can think of the Petrushka chord as an altered 7th chord, for example, C7 with flat 9 and sharp 11.
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