half cadence

noun

Definition of half cadence

: a musical cadence that ends on the dominant harmony

called also half close, imperfect cadence

First Known Use of half cadence

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Half cadence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20cadence. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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