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Deceptive cadences and Deceptive Resolutions

Musical analysis should be one of the main subjects for all piano students.

The Study of Harmony is included in this area. Why? It explains the paths that the composer took and it gives a more profound insight to base any artistic decisions any pianist would have.

For piano teachers, by giving this information to their students, they will develop in them a major intellectual force that will allow them to become artists in their own right.

We know that most of the time, the piano lesson is consumed by the piano technique, but at least to provide the means to find this valuable information the student will become more and more independent.

For this reason, at WKMT, they believe that writing this knowledge is fundamental for the piano practice.

But now, let's dive into the topic at hand. The difference between deceptive cadences and deceptive resolution does not rely in the harmony, but more in the musical syntax.

A deceptive cadence is used commonly to delay the "true" cadence, or the final cadence by interpolating more material or re-exposing previous material.

On the other hand, we have the deceptive resolutions, that although using the same chords (dominant seventh going mainly to the sub-mediant) we lack an "adequate non resolving" syntax that should accompany the gesture of the harmonic progression.

Learn all about it in our last post on our official Blog.


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