Questions tagged [accent]

An accent is a note that stands out from the rest of the notes surrounding it. It does not have a definitive volume, it is relative to the current dynamic level.

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What is the difference between a marcato and an accent?

I hear a few people refer to what looks like an accent as a marcato. Is a marcato a different name for accent, or is it a different way of playing the accent?
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What is the difference between accent and sforzando?

In particular, on cello. I got the impression that both are strong (either by pressure or speed) at the beginning of the note, followed by quick release of pressure/speed. What is the difference ...
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Are anti-accents used for the piano?

According to wikipedia, anti-accents: accents that tell you to play a note softer than the surrounding notes, which are indicated by a breve (slightly softer), parentheses (significantly softer) and ...
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Accents on Mazurka (Marieta by Francisco Tarrega)

I'm practicing on Marieta by Francisco Tarrega (Mazurka in a-moll) My question is how should I accent the beats? I mean on what tone? I mean it's not like waltzes (ONE two three) so how's it? I have ...
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How are varying degrees of accent notated?

Most music notation give very binary accents for beats (either there or not), but there are many "degrees" of accenting a beat. One bar of 4 4 time, "one two three four", is equivalent to two bars of ...
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where to place accent for beat when stem is above note

In this example, the accents are above the notes: What if you were accenting middle C? Would the accent go above the stem?
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End Accents in Other Cultures

Disclaimer: It's difficult mixing terminology between Western and non-Western musics, but I'll try to make my question as clear as possible. Western Classical music most often has an accent at the ...
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If we get rid of all accentuation elements in a score, is what remains still music? [closed]

Take the score of, say, Beethoven's fifth symphony, and erase (sorry!) every element that contributes to accent (signature, staccatos, etc.), keeping only the notes. Now, somehow you manage to play it....
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What is the proper name for a sequence of durations?

In contrast to pitch, rhythm refers to the length and accentuation of a sequence of notes. If we focus exclusively on the durations, what would be a proper term? Example: 1/4, 1/2, 1/4 no tempo, no ...
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Perfecting accents in Chopin's Impromptu

I'm having a little difficulty in perfecting the following accents in Chopin's Impromptu. (Here's the sheet music I'm referencing for those interested. ) If you look at the following picture, you'...
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Note Accentuation (Dynamic) - When should/shouldn't you apply accentuation?

I am having some concern over whether it is appropriate or not to apply accentuation to every part of the song, apart from of course the drums, It's innately intuitive that these beats should be ...
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How to play accents on short notes on the violin

The technique I generally use to play an accent on my violin is to press down the bow before executing the note. So that creates the necessary impact. This video demonstrates it well: ...
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Importance of placement of accents for chords (Chopin mazurka, op 59, no 3)

Consider the placement of accents for chords that are split between the bass and treble (Chopin Mazurka op. 59, no 3, bar 34) : and bar 101: I suddenly became unsure if the accent for the second ...
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What is this beat and why is it so popular

In many concert etudes, along with several rock songs, there is an accented pattern that often serves as a link to a new section of the music. It also works as a great fill. It usually comes from the ...