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plagal cadence

noun, Music.
a cadence in which the chord of the tonic is preceded by that of the subdominant.
Origin of plagal cadence
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A plagal cadence is one in which the tonic chord is preceded by the sub-dominant chord (IV—I).

  • The plagal cadence (A-men chord) at the end of the piece has been transcribed as breves instead of semibreves for authenticity.

    Sixty Years a Queen

    Sir Herbert Maxwell
  • These enharmonic passages recur to satiety, and the abuse of the plagal cadence deprives it of its religious solemnity.

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