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Music Term: Accent

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A stress or special emphasis on a beat to mark its position in the measure; The mark in the written music indicating an accent. There are five basic accents, staccato accents, staccatissimo accents, normal accents, strong accents, and legato accents with several combinations possible; The principle of regularly recurring stresses which serve to give rhythm to the music. Percussive Accents Pressure Accent Staccato Staccatissimo Strong Accent Normal Accent Legato Accent Light Accents Strong Accent Medium Accents Accent Name Description Staccato Accent short and separated from the following note Staccatissimo Accent an exaggerated short duration of the note Strong Accent generally meant for attacks at loud dynamic levels of forte or louder Normal Accent moderately sharp attack that can be used at any dynamic level from pianissimo to fortissimo Legato Accent this can be used at any dynamic level and is a slight stress without a noticeable attack and held to the full duration of the note Combined Accents Strong & Staccato Strong & Legato Strong & Staccatissimo Legato & Staccato Legato & Staccatissimo Normal & Staccato Normal & Legato Normal & Staccatissimo Strong Accents Medium Accents Accent Name Description Strong & Staccato Accents very percussive and shorter duration than notated Strong & Legato Accents very percussive while retaining full duration of notation Strong & Staccatissimo Accents strongest percussive attack possible with an exaggerated short duration Legato & Staccato Accents stressed and moderately short, separated from next note Legato and Staccatissimo stressed and quite short Normal & Staccato Accents moderately percussive and short Normal & Legato Accent s moderately percussive with full note duration Normal & Staccatissimo Accents moderately percussive with short note duration An accent is an emphasis on one note. Accents come in three types: dynamic, agogic, and tonic. This is the accent symbol <. (1) attack the note louder (2) emphasis on a particular musical beat or sub-beat

An accent is an emphasis on one note. Accents come in three types: dynamic, agogic, and tonic. This is the accent symbol <

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