Definition of cadential in English:


Line breaks: ca¦den|tial
Pronunciation: /kəˈdɛnʃ(ə)l


  • Relating to a cadenza or cadence: I can see little musical advantage in excessive cadential ritardandos
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    • In plainchant melodies the commonest cadential close is a descending step to the final from the note above; other formulas, such as a descending 3rd or an ascending 2nd, are also found.
    • The final measure vividly transmutes the symphony's opening theme (full of upward fourths) to an idea both melodic and harmonically cadential and thus brings the work to a great, substantial close.
    • Yes; but the talk was about rhythm, and cadential six-four chords have rhythmic implications - they determine strong beats.


mid 19th century: from cadence, on the pattern of pairs such as essence, essential.

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