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    Question Any ideas what this is called?

    When a minor piece ends on the major chord, what's the term for that?

    Terpsi - something or another I think but memory fails me at this point. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance.

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    It's called a tierce d'Picardy (but check the spelling) and, if this is answering home for you ... shame, shame!!

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    Thanks Contratrombone. I hang my head in shame - It's been over 25 years since I've needed to use such terms.

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    One can forget after after a while. I've also heard it referred to as a 'Picardy Third' but I choose not to use that term
    Music is made to transform the states of the soul, for an hour or an instant (J. Alain)

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    Reminds me of a similar lapse of memory I had during an A'level music class many years ago.

    In response to the teacher's question about the nature of a particular cadence, I proudly put up my hand and answered "It's a frigid cadence, sir". Much hilarity ensued shortly followed by a burning red face.

    For me Phrygian cadences have never been the same since.

    Martin

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    That's hilarious! That's even better than an oft-quoted howler from my time in school where, when studying slide projections of the architecture of old buildings, the teacher pointed to a certain part of the walls and asked "Can anybody tell me what these are?" The guy next to me shot up his hand and without breaking, says "Flying buttocks!"
    Music is made to transform the states of the soul, for an hour or an instant (J. Alain)

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