The Background

The Common-Practice Cadence Corpus (CPCC) consists of over a thousand expertly-encoded cadences. Cadences are ubiquitous in the Western music tradition and much ink has been spilled over the cande. One book pertinent to the common-practice cadence is What is a Cadence? edited by Markus Neuwirth and Pieter Bergé. The book contains 9 essays, each critically questioning cadential meaning through different approaches and modalities. The CPCC intends to further question the properties of cadences, their place in our discipline, and to expand on their study by bringing questions from empirical research domains. By providing a rigorously defined and hand-encoded corpus, the CPCC might later be involved in questions of closure, style, meter, schematic patterns, etc. The dataset currently contains cadences from the 18th–19th century, but the project is ongoing and, as such, still expanding. If you would like to get involved or have specific cadence questions, don't hesitate to reach out!


  • Investigating Nineteenth-Century Mazurka Style Using the Common-Practice Cadence Corpus (CPCC)
    Music Theory Midwest 2021
    Video forthcoming
  • The impact of language on cadential structure: Evaluating penultimate stress in Polish instrumental music using the Common-Practice Cadence Corpus (CPCC)
    International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition 2021
    Publication forthcoming

The People

The corpus started as a co-authored project between Derek J. Myler and Matt Chiu.