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    Hi all,
    I hope this is the right forum for this question...
    Does anyone know of examples of tritone substitutions in printed scores or lead sheets? (I'm doing a video presentation on augmented sixth chords and wanted to include an example from jazz.) Any help is appreciated, thanks!

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    here's D7 going to Db. They are probably in most lead sheets in the "real book."
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    Well done, Joe. Presumably the OP means tritone subs which are actually written in by the composer, not ones that we might sub for ourselves.

    I was racking my brains a bit, it has to be said. Satin Doll has the Db7 instead of G7, I think.

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    Just for fun, I did a quick search for examples of tritone subs in “classical” music. I found this mention of Chopin's Prelude #8.
    Chopin's Prelude #8
    That’s not to suggest that Chopin thought of them as tritone subs, but perhaps they served a similar purpose in allowing some chromaticism in the melody?

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    Oh, there's tons of it in classical music. The Wiki sites have quite a few examples.

    Tritone - Wikipedia

    Tritone substitution - Wikipedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    Well done, Joe. Presumably the OP means tritone subs which are actually written in by the composer, not ones that we might sub for ourselves.

    I was racking my brains a bit, it has to be said. Satin Doll has the Db7 instead of G7, I think.
    Oh okay, that's what i thought he meant by lead sheet. That D7(should be D9 imo) in bar 7 is almost mandatory as part of the tune. I don't think it's in the original though. I can barely hear anything else there.
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    The Db7 (or Abm7/Db7) is in every sheet I've seen. What was the original?

    We're talking about Satin Doll, bar 6, I assume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    The Db7 (or Abm7/Db7) is in every sheet I've seen. What was the original?

    We're talking about Satin Doll, bar 6, I assume.
    No I was talking about Body and soul. I do have the original for that, but don't have it for Satin Doll (yet. I collect it). I'll take a look, but I'm thinking it isn't a tritone sub
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe2758 View Post
    No I was talking about Body and soul. I do have the original for that, but don't have it for Satin Doll (yet. I collect it). I'll take a look, but I'm thinking it isn't a tritone sub
    Satin Doll? I'd say so. The Db7 comes after a D7 and before a C. Just where you'd put a G7 :-)

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    Thanks a lot everyone! I'll link my video about +6 vs tritone sub for anyone interested, when I'm done with it. (Those chords actually differ in both theory and practice.) It's dry theory for most, but some people like it.

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    Girl from Impanema is another one that jumps on my mind when thinking about "composed" tritone-subs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe2758 View Post
    No I was talking about Body and soul. I do have the original for that, but don't have it for Satin Doll (yet. I collect it). I'll take a look, but I'm thinking it isn't a tritone sub
    For Body and Soul and bar 2 I like using: Am7, D7b9 instead of an Ab chord (and I never liked the sound of D7 there).