Definition of plagal cadence in English:

plagal cadence

Line breaks: pla¦gal ca|dence

noun

Music
A cadence in which the chord of the subdominant immediately precedes that of the tonic.
More example sentences
  • The massive chords at the end can seem rather simplistic on the organ, and the very final cadence is unusual in two ways: it is a plagal cadence, and ends in a minor chord.
  • Now we live in a society where it's perfectly possible to grow up not knowing those moods, not being able to come upon a plagal cadence and realise ‘It's churchy’ in some special way.
  • Additionally, the final plagal cadence of Der Doppelganger has connotations of traditional church music, and the AA'B ‘bar form’ used in the song is not only relatively unusual in late Schubert, 35 but may even be an archaism.

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