motion
(MOE-shun)


[Eng.]


  1. A directive to perform the indicated passage of a composition at a faster tempo.

    See also [Eng.] motion; [Fr.] mouvement (m); [Ger.] Bewegung (f); [It.] moto (m); [It.] movimento (m).

  2. The idea that a phrase of music "goes towards" the cadence. It is achieved through chordal progressions, usually building towards a space of greatest tension, created by dissonance, resolving to a consonance, usually on the tonic.


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