Definition of perfect cadence in English:

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perfect cadence

noun

Music
A cadence in which the chord of the dominant immediately precedes that of the tonic.
Example sentences
  • The old devices are cadences, with a dissonant version of a perfect cadence in D occurring as Christ exits, and a dissonant version of a Plagal cadence in D as the ghost exits.
  • On the organ this is strange: why did Bach not use a perfect cadence, and follow the convention of substituting a major chord for the final minor chord?
  • F functions as the relative major of D minor, and a perfect cadence is made on D in bars 21-22.

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Syllabification: per·fect ca·dence

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