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1. Having one or more syllables in addition to those found in a standard metrical unit or line of verse.
2. Being one of these additional syllables.

hy·per′me·ter (hī-pûr′mĭ-tər) n.
hy′per·met′ri·cal adj.


(Poetry) prosody a verse line containing one or more additional syllables
hypermetric, ˌhyperˈmetrical adj


(haɪˈpɜr mɪ tər)

a line of verse containing one or more additional syllables after those proper to the meter.
hy•per•met•ric (ˌhaɪ pərˈmɛ trɪk) hy`per•met′ri•cal, adj.
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Ford, for his part, defines his method as Schenkerian and influenced by Lerdahl and Jackendoff's work on hypermeter (p.
Less repetition of the findings in Howat's meticulous Debussy in Proportion (which identifies and discusses the implications of the Golden Section) might have focused the chapter more effectively, creating space to develop the analytical evidence linking Poe's versification with Debussy's use of hypermeter, as Howat posits.
Howat succeeds here when he identifies analytical opportunities for performers, noting instances in which careful attention to phrase structures and hypermeter affects the interpretation of both subtle gestures and larger forms.
All in all, the five analytical studies collectively cover a wide range of parameters: hypermeter (Harald Krebs, William Benjamin), tonal hierarchy (Smith), form (Brown), and key.
moments in the music that constitute intermediate stages between chorus structure (which preserves harmonic structure and three metric levels of hypermeter, meter, and pulse) and the abandonment.
instances in which the band was elasticizing (or suppressing) the harmonic progression, withholding the crucial musical cues that make apparent the hypermeter and larger divisions of tune form;
Malin offers succinct explanations of these theories (including those of periodicity, hypermeter, metric perception and entrainment, phrase rhythm, shadow meter, and metric conflict), taking care to apply these concepts to short examples within the lied genre in preparation for the more extended analyses of part 2.
He discovers hypermeter as the favored context in Brahms's scherzos for the creation of structural tension as well as a primary form-defining element.
Minturn's analyses cover mainly pitch organization, form, phrase structure, and hypermeter, of which the first is clearly his main interest.
The term designates more or less what most would call early Classical or galant hierarchical phrase structure, with its characteristic slowing of harmonic rhythm, simplification in texture and chord vocabulary, regular hypermeter, and frequent use of exact or varied repetition of short traits.
DM: Those letters stand for: "Restricted, defined, amplified constraints form textually kinetic hypermeters.
On the other hand, the very common practice of changing meters in Greek folk music is daringly employed to delineate sections, establish hypermeters or introduce phrase-length irregularities, such as contractions or written-in fermatas.