perfect cadence


Definition of perfect cadence

: authentic cadence also : a musical cadence in which the tonic's (see tonic entry 2 sense 2) root appears in both the bass and soprano

called also full cadence, full close

— compare imperfect cadence sense 2

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1636, in the meaning defined above

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“Perfect cadence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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