plagal cadence

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plagal cadence (plural plagal cadences)

  1. (music) A falling cadence in which a subdominant chord precedes the tonic; especially used in an ending Amen.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 230:
      A fellow could rely on Market Street only so far, and then even that began to get discouraging, plagal cadences on parlor pianos, bright lights, and mirrors to the contrary notwithstanding.

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