tierce de Picardie

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tierce de Picardie (Fr.). Picardy third. Term applied to major 3rd used at end of a comp. which is otherwise in a minor key, thus converting expected minor chord into major, e.g. in key of C minor the expected chord C–E♭–G becomes C–E–G. Commonly used up to end of 18th cent. Reason for name unknown.

Picardie, tierce de

views updated Jun 08 2018

Picardie, tierce de (Fr.). Picardy third. See tierce de Picardie.