Interrupted cadence

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Definition

A cadence is formed by two chords at the end of a phrase.

An interrupted cadence is usually formed by the chords V–VI. (In the key of C major, chords G to A minor.) This creates an ending which can sound unfinished – where the listener is surprised that the music has drawn to a close.

Interrupted cadence in C major


Examples


An explanation of an interrupted cadence.

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