"It certainly wasn't the Tristan chord"
The Tristan Chord
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The Tristan Chord is so named because it appears in the opening phrase of Richard Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde; it is one of the recurrent phrases (leitmotifs) associated with the character Tristan.

The chord is made up of the notes F, B, D# and G#, a combination which was considered rather bold and unusual in the period in which the opera was written.



Listen here to the prelude of Wagner's Tristan and Isolda on Spotify.