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fauxbourdon

[foh-ber-don; French foh-boor-dawn] /ˈfoʊ bərˌdɒn; French foʊ burˈdɔ̃/
noun
1.
Music. a 15th-century compositional technique employing three voices, the upper and lower voices progressing an octave or a sixth apart while the middle voice extemporaneously doubles the upper part at a fourth below.
2.
the use of progressions of parallel sixth chords.
Origin of fauxbourdon
1875-1880
1875-80; < French: literally, false bourdon
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