picardy third

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

Definition of picardy third

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

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History and Etymology for picardy third

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

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“Picardy third.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picardy%20third. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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