picardy third

noun, sometimes capitalized P pic·ar·dy third \ˈpikə(r)dē-\

Definition of picardy third

  1. :  the major third as introduced into the final chord of a musical composition written in a minor key

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Origin and Etymology of picardy third

translation of French tierce de Picardie; from its being chiefly practiced in the church music of Picardy


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