Definition of Plagal

1. a. Having a scale running from the dominant to its octave; -- said of certain old church modes or tunes, as opposed to those called authentic, which ran from the tonic to its octave.



Definition of Plagal

1. Adjective. (music) Designating a mode lying a perfect fourth below the authentic form. ¹

2. Adjective. (music) Designating a cadence in which the subdominant chord precedes the tonic. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Plagal

1. designating a medieval musical mode [adj]

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Literary usage of Plagal

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The difference between an authentic and a plagal melody may be illustrated from the two psalm tunes Newton or New London and the Old Hundredth; ..."

2. The Material Used in Musical Composition: A System of Harmony Designed by Percy Goetschius (1913)
"2) The plagal cadence. See par. 187. — *3) The rhythm in bass, in the first two measures, is irregular, the heavier note occupying the lighter beat (par. ..."

3. A Treatise on Counterpoint and Fugue by Luigi Cherubini, Mary Cowden Clarke, Josiah Pittman (1854)
"plagal cadence. OBSERVATION. Mention has not been made until now of plagal ... They called plagal cadence, that progression from the SUB-DOMINANT to the ..."

4. The Homophonic Forms of Musical Composition: An Exhaustive Treatise on the by Percy Goetschius (1898)
"(d) A plagal cadence, of more or less elaborate character, ... 1), last five measures; during the plagal extension, the major Cadence is substituted for the ..."

5. Intervals, Chords and Ear Training for Young Pianoforte Students by Jean Parkman Brown (1897)
"The plagal Cadence. A close formed by the subdominant chord followed by tonic chord is called a plagal cadence. plagal Cadences. bc 105. ..."

6. Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature by John Sullivan Dwight (1880)
"The authentic mode enters the domain of the plagal mode, not as one asking for help, but in the spirit of loving greeting. It thus give« a picture of ..."

7. Intervals, Chords and Ear Training for Young Pianoforte Students by Jean Parkman Brown (1897)
"The plagal Cadence. A close formed by the subdominant chord followed by the tonic chord is called a plagal cadence. 105. < The subdominant tone in the bass ..."

8. The Musiclover's Handbook: Containing (1) a Pronouncing Dictionary of by John Herbert Clifford (1911)
"Placidly, quietly. Placido (It.) (plah-chee'-do). Placid; quiet. plagal Cadence. From subdominant to tonic: plagal Scales or ..."

9. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The difference between an authentic and a plagal melody may be illustrated from the two psalm tunes Newton or New London and the Old Hundredth; ..."

10. The Material Used in Musical Composition: A System of Harmony Designed by Percy Goetschius (1913)
"2) The plagal cadence. See par. 187. — *3) The rhythm in bass, in the first two measures, is irregular, the heavier note occupying the lighter beat (par. ..."

11. A Treatise on Counterpoint and Fugue by Luigi Cherubini, Mary Cowden Clarke, Josiah Pittman (1854)
"plagal cadence. OBSERVATION. Mention has not been made until now of plagal ... They called plagal cadence, that progression from the SUB-DOMINANT to the ..."

12. The Homophonic Forms of Musical Composition: An Exhaustive Treatise on the by Percy Goetschius (1898)
"(d) A plagal cadence, of more or less elaborate character, ... 1), last five measures; during the plagal extension, the major Cadence is substituted for the ..."

13. Intervals, Chords and Ear Training for Young Pianoforte Students by Jean Parkman Brown (1897)
"The plagal Cadence. A close formed by the subdominant chord followed by tonic chord is called a plagal cadence. plagal Cadences. bc 105. ..."

14. Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature by John Sullivan Dwight (1880)
"The authentic mode enters the domain of the plagal mode, not as one asking for help, but in the spirit of loving greeting. It thus give« a picture of ..."

15. Intervals, Chords and Ear Training for Young Pianoforte Students by Jean Parkman Brown (1897)
"The plagal Cadence. A close formed by the subdominant chord followed by the tonic chord is called a plagal cadence. 105. < The subdominant tone in the bass ..."

16. The Musiclover's Handbook: Containing (1) a Pronouncing Dictionary of by John Herbert Clifford (1911)
"Placidly, quietly. Placido (It.) (plah-chee'-do). Placid; quiet. plagal Cadence. From subdominant to tonic: plagal Scales or ..."

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