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Learning Higher Music Concepts

 

Harmonic

Harmonic concepts

Plagal cadence | Interrupted Cadence | Perfect Cadence | Imperfect Cadence | All Cadences | Dominant 7th | Diminished 7th |Augmented Chord | Added 6th | Polytonality |

 

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Plagal Cadence
01a.mp3

A musical punctuation mark using chord IV - I used at the end of phrases and as ‘Amen’ at the end of Hymn Tunes.

This exemplifys the music of a plagal cadence

Interrupted Cadence
02a.mp3

A musical punctuation mark using chord V- VI used at the end of phrases in the middle of a piece of music and ending on a minor chord when the music is in the major key, and a major chord when the music is in the minor key.

Perfect Cadence
06a.mp3

The cadences learned at Credit- Int2 level were

A musical full stop with an example played by an orchestra.

This music exemplifys the music of a perfect cadence
Chord V........ Chord 1

Imperfect Cadence
09b.mp3

Like a musical comma, the music feels unfinished and unresolved in this example with a Counter Tenor singing a phrase.

This music exemplifys the music of an imperfect cadence
Chord I........ Chord V

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All the Cadences
10.mp3

You will now have covered the four cadences used in Western Music. Here they are in an order in you might expect to hear them. Notice that the perfect cadence usually comes at the end. In the excerpt, each cadence identified as it is played.

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Dominant 7th
03a.mp3

The chord created by adding another note at the interval of a minor third above a major chord. e.g. C7 would consist of C,E,G,Bb.

This music exemplifys the music of a dominant 7th chord.

Diminished 7th
04.mp3

A chord of four notes in which each interval has value of a Minor third. eg. the chord built on C would be C,Eb,Gb, A

This music exemplifys the music of a diminished 7th chord

Added 6th
07.mp3

The sixth note of the scale added to a root position chord. eg. the chord built on C would be C,E,G, A

This music exemplifys the music of an added 6th chord

Polytonality
08c.mp3

The use of two or more keys at the one time as used by Stravinsky, Holst and Milhaud and in this example by Benjamin Britten in which you hear a melody sung and the accompaniment is not only in another key but is also in canonic and sequential in style.

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