Definition and background:
In part writing, a suspension is a situation in which a single note of one chord is held over into another chord, thus creating a dissonance, which is resolved by step in the following chord. sustainment of a consonant note while a different consonant note moves to a dissonance. the suspension is then usually resolved. a chord with a suspension in it
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