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 (ĭn′sĭ-pĭt′, ĭng′kĭ-)
The opening words of a text, especially when used in place of a title to identify an otherwise untitled work.

[From Latin, third person sing. present tense of incipere, to begin; see inception.]


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) here begins: used as an introductory word at the beginning of some medieval manuscripts


(ˈɪn sɪ pɪt; Lat. ˈɪŋ kɪ pɪt)

the introductory words or opening phrase of a text or an opening phrase in liturgical music.
[1895–1900; < Latin: (here) begins, 3rd singular present indic. of incipere]
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A card catalogue with hand-written musical incipits was created.
The program features an intuitive interface, is available in four languages, has version control, lets users leave comments on records for other users, can import data from the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF), and has a custom-built module to display incipits.
Scriptural Incipits on Amulets From Late Antique Egypt: Text, Typology, and Theory
The entries are supported by a bibliography and a number of indexes (of former owners, incipits, contents, general index).
A comparison is made between the incipits (beginnings) and excipits (endings) of both texts in order to show the structural poetic project that underlies them and that contributes to encrypt Rosero's fiction in an aesthetics practice of disappearance and perplexity.
The author explains each text, and includes both incipits and colophons of metrological and numerical tables.
The preface also includes a categorized list of technical challenges for each study, and incipits can be found in the table of contents.
After a long career involved with medieval song (Southern Methodist University) in which she undertook transcription and documentation of roughly 4,500 melodies, Mayer-Martin died in 2009, before completion of her goal of sorting and cataloguing melodies based on their incipits.
Combining his own findings with the work of previous scholars, principally Italian musicologists, he then created a database consisting of 1836 records, with links joining the incipits of each lauda and its secular source.
Each of the four CDs comes in a cover which prints the incipits of each of the movements contained within: a lovely touch.
The strategies range from the obvious to the subtle: digressions, deferred satisfactions, ironic inversions, meditative pauses, sleights of hand, changes of register, generic admixtures, colloquial intimacy and authorizing pomposity, complicity and duplicity, the displacement of sympathies, the disequilibrium of alternating tenses and voices, incipits which return to another beginning, dead ends and endings devoid of closure.
Users of the catalogue benefit from indexes of composers, text incipits, instrumental works, and short titles.