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The Phrygian half cadence is exclusively iv6–V, not VI–V. One of the reasons is that the PHC very often has scale-degrees 4 to 5 in the soprano voice. (This isn't a requirement—they can be in an inner voice—but it's very very common.) And since there's no scale-degree 4 in the VI chord, it's not a viable option for this cadence. By the way, the presence of ...


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