Harmonic Cadences

     A harmonic movement from one chord to another is called a chord progression and a cadence is a harmonic device that refers to the form of ending a musical thought. Cadences may appear in the end of a phrase or section of the music piece. This means that cadences can be closely related to the overall architecture of the music piece – see form.

     A change in the harmonic rhythm, or even the tempo; or certain melodic inflections; are some of the devices used to accentuate the cadences that can be more or less strong as indicators of the tonic in the piece as whole, or in any given section of the musical piece.

     Below you will find some of the most common cadences:

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