diminution
(de-mi-NOO-shun)


[Eng.] - [Fr.]


A Renaissance and Baroque ornamentation which consists of the restatement of a melody in which the note values are shortened, usually by half.

See also [Eng.] diminution; [Fr.] diminution (f); [Ger.] Verkleinerung (f); [It.] diminuzione (f).


Table of musical translations


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLE:

Bach: The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080, Contrapunctus 7
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 27

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