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relative minor

noun, Music.
1.
the minor key whose tonic is the sixth degree of a given major key.
Origin of relative minor
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20
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  • Then follows an Intermezzo in the key of the relative minor.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • The first question was something about the relative minor of a certain major key and its signature.

    Camilla: A Tale of a Violin Charles Barnard
  • The song is cast mostly in the relative minor (G♯) of the pentatonic scale of B♮ major.

    The Tinguian Fay-Cooper Cole
  • A minor scale having the same signature as a major scale is said to be its relative minor.

  • Then after a modulation to the key of the relative minor, a return is made to the opening key and the opening theme.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • It is cast in the relative minor (C) of the pentatonic scale of E♭ major.

    The Tinguian Fay-Cooper Cole

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