Neapolitan sixth


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Neapolitan sixth

n
(Classical Music) (in musical harmony) a chord composed of the subdominant of the key, plus a minor third and a minor sixth. Harmonically it is equivalent to the first inversion of a major chord built upon the flattened supertonic
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