Cadences

Cadences are musical formulas that function like punctuation marks in a sentence. These formulas are conventions that have developed over time to signal the end of a musical unit such as a phrase. Cadences involve the interaction of melody, harmony, rhythm, and meter, and usually mark the end of a phrase. Some cadences sound conclusive, complete, and resolved (like a period), while others sound incomplete (like a comma or colon). The most complete type of cadence is the full cadence, which moves from V to I. In a half cadence the progression is stopped on V, which makes it feel unfinished.

Sometimes composers will even start a cadential formula, but instead of arriving at the cadence as expected, they will interrupt or change the formula with deceptive motion.

Cadences

"Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune." - Thomas Fuller

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley

"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe." - Lao Tzu

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." - Ludwig van Beethoven

"Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue." - Plato

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." - Victor Hugo

"Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune." - Thomas Fuller

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