suspended cadence

noun

: deceptive cadence
especially : a musical cadence in which several harmonies are interpolated between the dominant harmony and the final tonic (see tonic entry 2 sense 2)

Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of suspended cadence was in 1854

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“Suspended cadence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspended%20cadence. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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