authentic cadence

noun

: a musical cadence in which dominant harmony resolves to the tonic (see tonic entry 2 sense 2)

called also final cadence, full cadence, full close

compare plagal cadence

Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of authentic cadence was in 1813

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“Authentic cadence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/authentic%20cadence. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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