plagal cadence


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plagal cadence

n.
A cadence with the subdominant chord immediately preceding the tonic chord. Also called amen cadence.
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Noun1.plagal cadence - a cadence (frequently ending church music) in which the chord of the subdominant precedes the chord of the tonicplagal cadence - a cadence (frequently ending church music) in which the chord of the subdominant precedes the chord of the tonic
cadence - the close of a musical section
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When the hero claims to have conquered the mountain, Schubert sets the word "besiegen" (conquer) to a plagal cadence, undermining a sense of accomplishment that an authentic cadence would have provided, while still exuding a sense of awe.
His first examples harmonize melodic fragments--1-1 (implying a plagal cadence) and 1-7-1 (implying an authentic cadence)--in an octatonic context that requires the modulation between collections.
The 'relaxed' nature of tonal motion towards the subdominant led to a flattening of the seventh above the tonic at final cadences, and thus to a digression towards a plagal cadence; combined with this is a liking for the minor chord on the subdominant (which, when the home tonality is major, provides more colour than the normal major chord on IV) - and there is a liking, too, for progressions in which the major chord on IV shifts to the minor.