plagal definition

  • adjective:
    • musical Of or becoming a medieval mode having a range through the fourth below toward 5th above its final tone.
    • Designating a mode lying an amazing 4th below the genuine kind.
    • Designating a cadence where subdominant chord precedes the tonic.
    • Having a scale working from the dominant to its octave; -- stated of specific old church settings or tunes, in place of those known as genuine, which ran from the tonic to its octave.
  • others:
    • In Gregorian music, noting a mode or melody in which the last is in the middle of the compass in the place of at the end: opposed to genuine. See mode
    • In modern songs, noting a cadence where the chord of this tonic is preceded by that of the subdominant. See cadence.

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