Picardy third

noun Music.

a major third in the final tonic chord of a composition written in a minor key.


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Origin of Picardy third

translation of French tierce de Picardy
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British Dictionary definitions for picardy third

Picardy third


music a major chord used in the final chord of a piece of music in the minor modeAlso called: tierce de Picardie

Word Origin for Picardy third

translation of French tierce de Picardie, from its use in the church music of Picardy
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