Definition of agogic in English:

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agogic

Pronunciation: /əˈɡɒdʒɪk/
Music

adjective

Relating to or denoting accentuation within musical phrases by slight lengthening of notes.
Example sentences
  • What is new is the agogic and dynamic stress on the E, the weakest note of the C major triad, in bar 4.
  • 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.

noun

(agogics) [usually treated as singular]
The use of agogic accents.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.

Origin

Late 19th century: coined in German from Greek agōgos 'leading', from agein 'to lead', + -ic.

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