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cycle of fifths

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Noun

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cycle of fifths

Plural
cycles of fifths

cycle of fifths (cycles of fifths)
  1. (music Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A sequence of bass notes at intervals of a perfect fifth lower than the previous note. In equal temperment the sequence repeats every twelve tones, forming a cycle.
    The composition modulates upwards through the cycle of fifths, eventually returning to the original key.

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