plagal cadence

  1. 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

Words Nearby plagal cadence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use plagal cadence in a sentence

  • Perhaps it’s not surprising that all three of those songs groove over the double plagal cadence.

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

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

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  • A plagal cadence is one in which the tonic chord is preceded by the sub-dominant chord (IV—I).

  • The first one (a) is called a perfect plagal cadence, the last two are imperfect plagal.