Picardy third - definition of Picardy third by The Free Dictionary
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(Music, other) music a major chord used in the final chord of a piece of music in the minor mode. Also called: tierce de Picardie
[translation of French tierce de Picardie, from its use in the church music of Picardy]
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Another example of borrowing is the use of the Picardy third. Typically found at the final cadence of a minor-mode composition by changing the minor tonic triad to the major quality; the third of the chord is borrowed from the parallel key.
44-49 Ending with Picardy third (I) Caro mio ben* mm.