Continuing on the topic of lessening the impact of a cadential figure in order to maintain a sense of flow while signaling to the listener the termination of a phrase, we are going to look at the use of an elided cadence.
Think about using an elided cadence as crossing the finish line – but still continuing to run. It occurs in music when a new phrase begins before or at the same time as the cadential chord that is just about to close the previous musical idea.
Here is the tail-end of a musical phrase with the cadence happening on beat one and stopping right there in its tracks:
To lessen the sudden impact of the stop in motion, try having a voice start a new phrase. It could look something like this:
This gives the flow of being together, but at the same time being two different recognizable ideas.
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