Example5b PEDAL TONE IN 5TH WITH PARALLEL CHORDS
Here’s the same idea extended. The tension of the 5th pedal is heightened with the use of ‘parallel’ chords. Rather than drawing these chords from a particular key, the same chord type (a major triad) is transposed in parallel chromatic
maj7b5 descent, followed by a chord in whole tones. Despite its complexity this is heard as simply an elaborated ‘dominant’ passage before resolving to A minor. You’ll recognise a similar technique in Stevie Wonder’s Too High.