Cadence in Music: Definition & Types


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A cadence primarily does what in a composition?

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1. If a composition is written in C Major, which two notes would create an authentic cadence, respectively?

2. Which of these is required of a perfect authentic cadence?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In music, there are different types of cadence. See what you know about them quickly by completing the quiz/worksheet combo.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Expect to see these topics when you take the quiz:

  • Two notes that would create an authentic cadence if a composition is written in C Major
  • The purpose of a cadence
  • Another common name for the plagal cadence
  • Similarities between half cadences and the deceptive
  • Something required of a perfect authentic cadence

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the different types of cadence
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the purpose of a cadence and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about what half cadences and the deceptive have in common

Additional Learning

Gain more insight with the lesson titled Cadence in Music: Definition & Types. Use this lesson so that you can:

  • See what a cadence looks like
  • Explore the Picardy cadence
  • Determine how a plagal cadence is composed