agogics

noun plural but usually singular in construction agog·ics \ə-ˈgä-jiks, -ˈgō-giks\

Definition of agogics

  1. 1 :  the musical theory that rhetorical emphasis involves not only dynamic stress but also the emphasis implied in the greater relative length of the tones to be emphasized — compare rubato

  2. 2 :  the quantitative aspect of musical nuances involving all variations from the rigid basic meter (as of retard, pause, accelerando)

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Origin and Etymology of agogics

German agogik, from Greek agōgē + German -ik -ics


First Known Use: 1893


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