Tom Bowling

Phrasing and Accent

Phrasing and Accent In music, because of the hierarchy of beats, the first beat of the bar is naturally stressed. Broadly speaking, long notes tend to receive more weight than short ones, and (in melodic lines) higher notes more emphasis than lower ones. Additionally, there are other types of accent, sometimes indicated by the composer, but often not. Experienced musicians know where to add the right type of accents that are appropriate to the style, and these form part of their interpretation. Staccato and staccatissimo may be used as accents but the two main types of accent are marcato and...

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