Questions tagged [anacrusis]

For questions about or in relation to: an anacrusis, pickup measure, or partial bar that occurs at the start of a piece (or phrase) of music. Questions on: function, notation, implementation, and performance, of anacrusis are on-topic.

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lilypond - make it start counting from a partial opening measure

We have noticed that when a part starts with a partial measure, LilyPond will consider the first measure to be the following one. Is there an easy way to tell LilyPond to start counting from the ...
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Is there a name for the incomplete measure completing the anacrusis?

In a piece that starts with an anacrusis/pickup measure and ends, or ends a repeating section, with a compensating incomplete measure, is there a term for that final measure? incomplete measure can ...
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Ignored rest at the beginning of a section

I'm entering some fiddle music into Guitar Pro 7.5 and trying to handle a second section. At the beginning of the second section, the bar is short (only two eighth notes) just like an anacrusis, but ...
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Anacrusis in Bach BWV 816 (French suite no. 5 in Gmaj) Gavotte

I had learned piano when I was young, and now I'm learning it again. I'm interested in Bach's pieces and BWV816 is the first piece my teacher suggested to learn. The following is the first 9 and half ...
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Time signature issue in MuseScore

How to add only one rest or note at the starting of the piece against the time signature without changing it in musescore?
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How to write a pickup measure with 5/16 duration in Lilypond?

I'm trying to write sheet music for a piece with a pickup measure of 5 sixteenth notes. Lilypond has the \partial command for this, but it only accepts a single duration. That duration may be dotted, ...
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Did the music of the common practice period always end with a full measure?

If there are pieces which end with an incomplete measure, then what would be some examples? And is there a term for an incomplete measure at the end? Something that would be the opposite of anacrusis.
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Anacruses, Bar Lines, and Line Breaks

I am an amateur composer. Page layout is important to me; I like the line breaks to be significant punctuation to the score. i.e. the end of: sections, parts, phrases, lines of verse/lyrics, are ...
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Notation of last measure of a song with a pickup measure

I'm currently notating a song and don't know what's the correct way to write the ending of it. The song has a pickup measure with a quarter note duration. Because of that, the correct way of ...
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Do you play the upbeat when beginning to play a series of notes, and then after?

Do you play an upbeat like this when beginning the song, and then also at the end?
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Rests in pickup measure (anacrusis)

Which of the following examples is correct? I know that in regular measures you can use the whole rest to indicate a complete measure of rest in any time signature, but does that also apply to a ...
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How to show an empty chord in an anacrusus

I'm using Lilypond 2.19.55. I have an anacrusis. The staff and lyrics are fine. How do I define an empty place for a chord? If I don't, lilypond complains. If I use f4, it complains at the c:7 because ...
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What semantic notions underlie the Ancient Greek 'Anacrusis' and its meaning as 'pickup note'?

[Etymonline :] "unstressed syllable at the beginning of a verse," 1833, Latinized from Greek anakrousis "a pushing back," of a ship, "backing water," from anakrouein &...
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How should I play/phrase an anacrusis (aka pickup)?

There is a great answer here about recognizing anacruses, but my question is about how to perform them. The Wikipedia page has a quote on this: An anacrusis may also be evoked solely metrical (non-...
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Is it necessary to include the anacrusis?

I am putting the Psalms to the music of popular hymns using a software called MuseScore. I noticed that many hymns start with an anacrusis and then divide the measure at the end of the line, so that ...
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A weird form of Anacrusis

I saw this in a piece the other day and was wondering if there is a term for it. The piece begins on a trill that ends on the first beat of a a measure. The rhytm then mimics a upbeat yet there is ...
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How can a non-musician recognize anacrusis?

I need help understanding anacrusis (pickup notes). I'm no musician - I'm more of an anthropologist. I was reading some articles on ethnomusicology, and one of them makes reference to anacrusis in ...
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Partial Measures with Matching Ending Measure

In a hymn I am working on, the first measure is partial and has only an eighth note, but the Time Signature is 6:8. Someone told me that the ending measure should also be offset in reverse to make up ...
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Why must the final bar complete the anacrusis?

The Wikipedia page for anacrusis states that Western standards for musical notation often include the recommendation that when a piece of written music begins with an anacrusis, the composer, ...