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On account of its diminished fifth, the II is usually avoided in root position, though perfectly satisfactory in first inversion, e.g.,
The III is harsh, containing as it does an augmented fifth. Its use is rare, but it can occasionally be introduced by a skilful performer with striking effect:
The lowered seventh may be employed when the soprano or bass moves down through 8, 7, 6, 5; e.g.
Similarly, the raised sixth may be used when either outside part takes 5, 6, 7, 8; e.g.,
In general, the chief thing to remember in the minor mode is to avoid the interval of the augmented second in the melody-line. It is, of course, found in modern music,
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