Piano Power: Authentic Cadences in Minor Keys
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If we construct triads on each step of any natural minor scale, the result is a sequence of chords that contains a minor V chord. The corresponding v-i authentic cadence, (common between the Renaissance and Baroque eras in Europe), was gradually replaced by a cadence in which the V chord is major. (See example 1.)
For an assignment,
* Listen to the following authentic cadences.
* 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.
* Read pp.49-51 of my book Piano Power for valuable information on the bio-mechanics of playing chords.
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