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Leading note (Fr. [note] sensible; Ger. Leitton; It. [nota] sensibile; Lat. subsemitonium)locked


The seventh Degree of the major, harmonic minor, or ascending melodic minor scale, so called because it lies a semitone below the tonic and therefore has a strong tendency to lead up to it. In medieval monophony leading-note resolutions were infrequent, being confined to pieces in the Lydian and Hypolydian modes. With the development of polyphony in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, however, the note immediately below the final tended to be sharpened in practice (...

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