Section17.4Analyzing Secondary Dominants

When you encounter a chord with a chromaticism and suspect it is a secondary dominant, use the following process.

1. Stack the chord in thirds to determine the root and quality. If the chord quality is major (if a triad) or a major–minor seventh chord, go on to step 2. If the chord quality is not major or major–minor seventh, the chord is not a secondary dominant.

The chord in question is an F♯ major triad in first inversion.

2. Determine the note that would be a perfect 5th below the root of the chord you are analyzing. If this note would be the root of a diatonic chord, the chord you are analyzing is a secondary dominant.

Since B is $\hat{5}$ , the F♯ major chord in first inversion is tonicizing $\left.\text{V}\right.$. Therefore the chord is $\left.\text{V}^{6}\middle/\text{V}\right.$.