One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting accentuation within musical phrases by slight lengthening of notes.
- ‘In addition, a trend in the response criteria relates to the concept of agogic accents in music - that is, the creation of a sense of accenting through the manipulation the timing of notes.’
- ‘Pairs generally include pieces of contrasting mood and agogic character, while larger groups offer more intricate narratives.’
- ‘Riemann published editions of standard keyboard works in which agogic accents were marked with the sign ^.’
- ‘What is new is the agogic and dynamic stress on the E, the weakest note of the C major triad, in bar 4.’
usually treated as singular The use of agogic accents.
- ‘Dynamics and agogics have virtually no significance; each intensification happens more or less on its own accord, without any perceptible outside stimulus.’
- ‘Three particularly instructive excerpts will be considered, and in each case Clynes’ very special agogics will be contrasted with that of one other pianist.’
- ‘Hugo Riemann argues that without agogics music would be ‘machinelike’, and Wagner asserts that music would be ‘colourless and lifeless’ if played strictly as written.’
- ‘By contrast it's Fiorentino who mines the heroic in Eroica whilst Hatto exploits little agogics in the score to hint at the wit within.’
- ‘Demidenko fusses around with agogics and tempo fluctuation to the point where the music's unity and cumulative power fall by the wayside.’
Late 19th century: coined in German from Greek agōgos ‘leading’, from agein ‘to lead’, + -ic.
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