plagal cadence


Definition of plagal cadence

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

called also amen cadence

— compare authentic cadence

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First Known Use of plagal cadence

1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Plagal cadence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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