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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(5.) In music theory, the 'Neapolitan sixth' is a major chord built on the lowered second (supertonic) scale degree.
In which activity might you encounter a Neapolitan sixth? 3.
Altered chords (Neapolitan sixth, augmented sixths) are not introduced.
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His admonishment against the insertion of a cadenza at the pause on the Neapolitan sixth near the end of the fugue of the Passacaglia in C Minor is surprisingly impassioned: "no occasion for an improvised cadenza!" (p.
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