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Anacrusis

posted Nov 13, 2013, 7:40 PM by Francisco Zavala

Definition of ANACRUSIS

:  upbeat; specifically :  one or more notes or tones preceding the first downbeat of a musical phrase

Origin of ANACRUSIS

New Latin, from Greek anakrousis beginning of a song, from anakrouein to begin a song, from ana- + krouein to strike, beat; akin to Lithuanian kraušyti to strike
First Known Use: 1830
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