Antecedents/ Consequents in Music

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Antecedents/Consequents in Music

Antecedents/Consequents in Music

Thecadence of a line in a song is actually the final goal of that lineof phrase. The antecedent usually presents the question or theincomplete phrase, and the consequent represents the half cadencethat answers the question of complete the phrase. The song underconsideration to describe the antecedent/ consequent concept in songcadence is somethinginside so strong by LabiSiffre. The song has different goals within itself. Although theantecedent is not a direct question, but in requires tonal completionof the cadence of the phrases.

Beloware the lyrics of song,

Thehigher you build your barriers…………..(antecedent)Thetaller I become…………………………..(Consequent)Thefarther you take my rights away …………(antecedent)Thefaster I will run ………………………….(consequent)Youcan deny me…………………………….(antecedent)Youcan decide to turn your face away……… (Antecedent)Nomatter, cos there`s….Somethinginside so strong ……………………..(Consequent)Iknow that I can make it Theanswers/consequents are about the same length so that they generatethe same tone and pitch as anticipated by the composer. In somecases, there can be successive antecedents before the consequent. Thecomposer could be having a more than a single theme to communicatebefore finally giving the consequent phrase.In Labi Saffre’s song,the first section has one antecedent, followed by a consequent. Thesuccessive two lines are antecedents that have the entire first twolines of chorus and their consequent. The first line, “The higheryou build yours barriers”, is answered by the second line, “thetaller I become.” The third line, “the farther you take my rightsaway,” is answered by the fourth line, “The faster i will run.”The last two lines are successive antecedents with a consequentdivided into three sections: nomatter, cos there’s, something inside so strong.This song takes an authentic cadence because it has a leading tone inthe first chord and a the second phrase is tonic hence, conclusive.

Themusic creates a sense of anticipation through the first part of eachline. For example, in the first line, the listener anticipates whatwould happen when they build barriers in the way of the persona inthe music. The consequent provides the anticipated answer, which is,“the taller I become.” The antecedent /consequent phrases in thesong are arranged in such a way as to fulfill and complete thecadence of each line and to communicate theme of the song.