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deceptive cadence


A chord progression where the dominant chord is followed by a chord other than the tonic chord usually the sixth chord or superdominant chord or submediant chord (V-VI), but sometimes something else. The "V" represents the chord based on the fifth step of the scale and the "VI" represents the chord based on the sixth step of the scale. The dominant to superdominant progression (V-VI) is deceptive to the listener, because the tendency is for the dominant chord to resolve to the tonic chord. In the tonality of "C" major, a deceptive cadence would be the dominant (V) G major chord (G-B-D) moving to the superdominant (VI) A minor chord (A-C-E).


See Also

[English] interrupted cadence


Last Updated: 2016-05-23 00:35:28