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basics: cadences


The 'Cadenza Semplice' is the most common form of a final section of a prelude, and consists of a dominant and tonic chord. There are several ways to play a basic cadence: different positions, with or without the 7th, four or five voices, etc. These choices depend on one's own taste and the nature of the prelude. The examples below each have the leading note on top.

Major key examples:

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Minor key examples with an added leading note:

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The cadenza semplice can be transposed and practiced in all other keys.

For extended cadences, go to the section 'Harmonizations'.

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