Monday, August 30, 2004

And you've been calling it an upbeat....

More commonly known as an upbeat or pick-up, anacrusis comes from the Greek terms ana, meaning ‘up towards’, and krousis, meaning ‘to strike’. The term anacrusis is borrowed from poetry where it refers to one or more unstressed extrametrical syllables at the beginning of a line.* At first I was unsure of the difference between anacrusis and an upbeat, but Grove Music Online states that “the most fundamental characteristic of anacrusis is the forward rhythmic impulse it generates towards the accent.”

*Dogantan, Mine. “Upbeat”. Grove Music Online. 30 August 2004.