Definition of Amen cadence
1. Noun. A cadence (frequently ending church music) in which the chord of the subdominant precedes the chord of the tonic.
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Literary usage of Amen cadence
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1. Scales, Intervals, Harmony: (revised Method Harmony Instruction) Eliminating by Dirk Haagmans (1916)
"An Authentic [or Dominant] Cadence is a cadence in which the final chord is preceded by the D chord: DT or DA Plagal [also Subdominant or Amen] Cadence is a ..."
2. Goodrich's Analytical Harmony: A Theory of Musical Composition from the by Alfred John Goodrich (1893)
"Hence it is frequently called the amen cadence. In instrumental music the application is the same : Ex. 452. A - men. The phrase in brackets shows the ..."
3. Music Notation and Terminology by Karl Wilson Gehrkens (1914)
"The plagal cadence (sometimes called the church cadence, or amen cadence), like the authentic, is described as being perfect when the soprano •of the tonic ..."
4. The Musical Guide by Rupert Hughes (1903)
"... G. (b) When the cadence is formed by a sub- dominant chord followed with a tonic, the cadence is called plagal (popularly church or amen cadence); ..."
5. Complete Musical Analysis by Alfred John Goodrich (1889)
"... their best effect is at the end of a period or isolated phrase. 3. Plagal Cadence. This is also known as the amen cadence, and embraces the harmonies ..."
6. Music Lovers' Cyclopedia: Containing a Pronouncing and Defining Dictionary by Rupert Hughes (1912)
"... G. (b) When the cadence is formed by a sub- dominant chord followed with a tonic, the cadence is called plagal (popularly church or amen cadence) ..."
7. How to Understand Music: A Concise Course in Musical Intelligence and Taste by William Smythe Babcock Mathews (1881)
"The latter is the well known "Amen" cadence of church music. For example, play No. 1, above, and conclude with the following two chords, added: Ex.3. ..."
8. A Complete System of Harmony by Howard Elmore Parkhurst (1908)
"... as the close of a composition, is rarely used alone, but is generally preceded by the authentic cadence , thus: This is also called the "amen cadence," ..."