a cadence in which the chord of the tonic is preceded by that of the subdominant.
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Perhaps it’s not surprising that all three of those songs groove over the double plagal cadence.
These enharmonic passages recur to satiety, and the abuse of the plagal cadence deprives it of its religious solemnity.The Works of Honor de Balzac | Honor de Balzac
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
A plagal cadence is one in which the tonic chord is preceded by the sub-dominant chord (IV—I).Music Notation and Terminology | Karl W. Gehrkens
The first one (a) is called a perfect plagal cadence, the last two are imperfect plagal.Music Notation and Terminology | Karl W. Gehrkens