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What to Listen For in RockA Stylistic Analysis$
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Ken Stephenson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092394

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092394.001.0001

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(p.53) 3 Cadences
What to Listen For in Rock

Ken Stephenson

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the cadence of rock music. It shows that when cadences occur they frequently do not follow the formulas of earlier music and that the traditional perfect authentic cadence rarely occurs. It also suggests that open cadences occur more frequently than closed cadences. This chapter also considers harmonic possibilities and function and rhythmic transformation of melodic cadences.

Keywords:   cadence, rock music, harmonic possibilities, harmonic function, rhythmic transformation, melodic cadences, perfect authentic cadence, open cadences, closed cadences

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