Pronunciation: (fō'bur-don"; Fr. fō-bOOr-dôn'), [key]
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.
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