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introduction | chains of 2nds | sequences with 2nds | modulation by 2nds

Two notes a major second apart are also two fifths apart as shown in the example below.

The obvious way to modulate between two keys a major second apart is therefore to go two steps around the circle of fifths as in the Handel example below. The second bar is not strictly speaking a pivot chord because it is chromatically altered as IV of D minor.



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