Vocabulary Word: Ictus

  • ICTUS:

In prosody, a stress or accent. The term has been introduced into music mainly by the monks of Solesmes, as an integral part of their rhythmic interpretation and performance of Gregorian chant. It serves primarily to mark off those groups of two and three notes which from the basis of their rendering of the chant. The ictus has nothing to do with the speech accent (tonic accent) ; in numerous cases it falls on the weak syllables of the chant.


|source: The Harvard Dictionary of Music, 1956: Cambridge, Mass.{Thomas McGregor}|




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