[Bell Historians] Syncopation

Shaun Brown shaun.d.brown at ...
Thu Jun 16 15:15:05 BST 2005

But that would be defining emphatic syncopation rather than rhythmic. 
In music today, offbeat emphasis is fairly ordinary, syncopation is
less ordinary


where a silence or weak beat replaces the expected strong beat in a
bar, used extensively in the fourteenth century and again in the

in jazz, the process of displacing 'expected' beats by anticipation or
delay of half a beat. The natural melodic accent which would fall, in
'square' music, on the beat, is thus heard on the off-beat. This adds
a flavor of ambiguity as to where the beat is


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