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Figure 28: Her Sacred Spirit Soars, measures 92-99
The final sonority thus contains an added 2, as with so many of Whitacre’s final
chords. What is especially interesting about this added 2 is that Whitacre added the 2
after the chord was voiced as a pure triad, clearly showing his preference for the added-2
chord as a final sonority. Once again Whitacre shows his preference for the plagal
cadence, as well as his avoidance of the dominant chord and proclivity for adding tonic
tones to his penultimate chords. It is worth noting that, as with the added 2, Whitacre