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Thread #165650   Message #3975481
Posted By: Jack Campin
08-Feb-19 - 07:59 AM
Thread Name: Tune and singing style puzzle (Nick Dow)
Subject: RE: Tune and singing style puzzle (Nick Dow)
Picardy third (a major chord ending a piece that you'd expect to finish on a minor one) is an idea that was used in a lot of music in the Renaissance - look it up under that name or "tierce de Picardie". I'm not sure quite why it was so popular - maybe it just made for a more definite ending? But Renaissance composers never did what Costello did - the ending was always on the (modal) tonal centre, not a third up from it.

I'll have a look at some of my books on Renaissance music to see what they have to say. But I doubt this folk practice comes from that era.