anacrusis

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Etymology[edit]

Modern Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀνάκρουσις (anakrousis, pushing up), from ἀνακρούω (anakrouō, I push up), from ἀνά (ana, up) + κρούω (krouō, I strike).

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Beginning of BWV 736, with an anacrusi shown in red.
File:Anacrusis-bwv736.mid (file)

anacrusis (plural anacruses)

  1. (prosody) An unstressed syllable at the start of a verse.
  2. (music) An unstressed note or notes before the first strong beat (or downbeat) of a phrase.
    • 1989, Anthony Burgess, Any Old Iron:
      Then Etheridge poised his baton, jerked an upbeat, and made the violinists speak the low G and A of their anacrusis.

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anacrusis

  1. plural form of anacrusi