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Downbeat

Julian Rushton

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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The explicit or implied impulse that coincides with the beginning of a bar in measured music, by analogy with the downstroke in conducting (the ‘thesis’ of Arsis, thesis). The term is mainly applied to music in a regular metre or articulated by metrical stress, where downbeats create a periodic occurrence and are usually given articulation through dynamic increase (i.e. Accent) or lengthening of durational value (i.e. Agogic accent). It is contrasted with Upbeat

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Subjects: Music

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