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Piano Power: Deceptive Cadences
By Richard Prokop, Greenacres Press, Inc.
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2002-06-13
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Note: The following is an interactive article requiring the use of Finale 2002 or Finale Notepad. Finale Notepad may be downloaded for free from CodaMusic at: http://www.codamusic.com/coda/np.asp. For further instructions about downloading and viewing files in this article, see: "Reprinted Cadences and a Free Finale Notepad Download"

Music would be pretty boring if did exactly what we expected it to do. As it's name implies, the deceptive cadence adds an element of surprise within a chord progression. The standard progression in Example 1 employs both I-IV-I, and I-V-I. In Example 2, the listener is thrown a curve when the first authentic cadence (I-V-I)  is replaced by a deceptive cadence (I-V-vi).

As an assignment,

<*> Listen to the following deceptive cadences. There are two sets.

<*> Print out the file and practice playing them in all keys until it is easy to do.

<*> Rewrite all of the cadences on a sheet of manuscript paper. As with languages, the writing of music will enhance your ability to read it more easily.

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