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Unformatted text preview: 1 Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Beat (i) (Fr. temps ; Ger. Zählzeit, Schlag ; It. battuta ). The basic pulse underlying mensural music, that is, the temporal unit of a composition; also the movement of the hand or baton by which the conductor indicates that unit. The grouping of strong and weak beats into larger units Constitutes Metre; see also Downbeat , Upbeat and Off-beat . © Oxford University Press 2004 Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary Beat (beet) 1. The regular pulse of music which may be dictated by the rise or fall of the hand or baton of the conductor, by a metronome, or by the accents in music. See conducting patterns . 2. A throbbing that is heard when two tones are slightly out of tune. 3. The English term for mordent, an embellishment consisting of the principal note and the note below it, resembling a short trill. 2 In Music notation the horizontal distance between the notes is not an indicator of a relative time-span; The indicator of the relative time-length of a note is its shape....
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course MUS 1005 taught by Professor Esheinberg during the Spring '08 term at Virginia Tech.
- Spring '08