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1. One or more unstressed syllables at the beginning of a line of verse, before the reckoning of the normal meter begins.
2. Music See upbeat.

[New Latin anacrūsis, from Greek anakrousis, beginning of a tune, from anakrouein, to strike up a song : ana-, ana- + krouein, to push.]


n, pl -ses (-siːz)
1. (Poetry) prosody one or more unstressed syllables at the beginning of a line of verse
2. (Classical Music) music
a. an unstressed note or group of notes immediately preceding the strong first beat of the first bar
b. another word for upbeat
[C19: from Greek anakrousis prelude, from anakrouein to strike up, from ana- + krouein to strike]
anacrustic adj


(ˌæn əˈkru sɪs)

n., pl. -cru•ses (-ˈkru siz)
1. an unstressed syllable or syllable group that begins a line of verse but is not counted as part of the first foot.
[1825–35; < Latin < Greek anákrousis=anakroú(ein) to strike up, push back (ana- ana- + kroúein to strike, push) + -sis -sis]
an`a•crus′tic (-ˈkrʌs tɪk) adj.
an`a•crus′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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2) In terms of music making, becoming aware of how the anacrusis relates to the musical result is critical in achieving rhythmic flow.
After an initial, two-beat anacrusis, higher levels of metrical beating in the poem form four five-line, caudated stanzas and one five-beat, caudated line ("Like the leaves themselves / Turning in the Wind.
Pues con todos, pero fijate que creo que a pesar de que quedo atras en el lenguaje, en la concepcion, con Anacrusis, y hay uno que tambien me gusta, en el que hice una composicion interesante, Transfiguraciones.
17, followed by the unobtrusive entry of the voice on the anacrusis to m.
Beyond this simple reminiscence, each of the primary melodies in the first three movements begins with the same tied anacrusis figure that defers a strong downbeat.
From anacrusis to plain, remove the cellophane definitely nothing in Pythagorean deserts looking for Bantu sulfates got to jettison hone or lacerate grin pin in Billie's finger, jazz had gone home was late anacrusis, a steady hour of night on a platter stand in a doorway and we shut that night by play of bumper doors obeisant to steer as half a car or a leg up on beady feminism, anacrusis?
At the end of the scene, as Florinda's verbalized climax disintegrates into heavy breathing, the instruments perform a cliched final cadence (the bass viol marks a triplet anacrusis on the dominant, then descends to a first-beat final tonic), and the character Giovan Battista indulges in the supreme motion of artistic control, waving both hands in a conductor's gesture of closure, bringing the music and Florinda's solo performance to an end.
Zeyer keeps to an iambic metre by using anacrusis, which Janacek declaims generally on the last arsis of a bar or else neutralises by using corresponding values: "Kles s tebou" as a half-note triplet, Tam najdes as three quavers and sometimes, in fact quite often, even prolonging the anacrusis as against the subsequent text.
Possible, of course; but treat them as Ionics a minore with an anacrusis, and see if they don't go better:' For halt" an hour the two men talked Greek metres as if they lived in a world where the only hunger known could be satisfied by grand or sweet cadences.
In addition there is an introductory clap corresponding with the anacrusis and extra to the six beat pattern, see Figure 1.
This latter is therefore well ensconced in the language of the Rigveda, and its first two syllables provided a familiar anacrusis for a new poetic creation of the late Rigvedic period.