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Useful Notes / Deceptive Cadence

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The deceptive cadence is a weak cadence, and can be considered in many ways the opposite of the Half Cadence - where the latter involves a 'resolution' to a V chord, the deceptive cadence is a resolution from the V chord to any non-I chord, most typically some variant of ii, IV, or vi. This progression serves to create a hanging, incomplete feeling.

  • In English: you know that happy, satisfied feeling you get when a song ends and all seems right with the world? Yeah, this doesn't give you that. Usually it will go on to resolve properly.

This has nothing to do with a changeling queen pretending to be an alicorn princess, though the score employs one at the end of her Villain Song as a Stealth Musical Pun.


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