antecedent
(An-teh-SEE-dint)


[Eng.]


  1. The subject of a fugue or canon; the first phrase of a musical period.
  2. Antecedent and consequent, A pair of musical statements that complement one another in rhythmic symmetry and harmonic balance.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLE:

Bach, J.S.: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 (opening)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 17

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