Cadences in music typically mark the ends of musical phrases through a combination of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic resolution.

Harmonic cadences are the most commonly discussed and therefore have many classifications, such as Perfect Authentic Cadence (PAC), Imperfect Authentic Cadence (IAC), Half Cadence (HC), Deceptive Cadence (DC), Plagal Cadence (PC), and more.

They are resting points in music and can be thought of as a type of punctuation, and they differ in strength or finality.

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