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. ...
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Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis ; Musical Structures, Styles, and Techniques
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