Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Prolongation'
- the act of prolonging something; "there was an indefinite prolongation of the peace talks" [syn: protraction, perpetuation, lengthening]
- amount or degree or range to which something extends; "the wire has an extension of 50 feet" [syn: extension, lengthiness]
- the consequence of being lengthened in duration [syn: lengthiness, continuation, protraction]
- Prolongation \Pro`lon*ga"tion\, n. [F. prolongation.]
- The act of lengthening in space or in time; extension; protraction. --Bacon.
- That which forms an additional length.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Prolongation'
In music, a prolongation or chord prolongation a chord progression is governed by one chord, to which the various chords of the progression are subordinate and prolong.
Especially in Schenkerian analysis, a prolongation creates the detail of a musical composition by elaborating the background structure. Prolongations include diminutions. A coda is a passage which brings a movement or piece to a conclusion through prolongation.
Straus describes prolongation as, "the sense of continuation of a musical object, particularly when not literally present... prolongation is a cognitive act of the listener":
He concludes that such conditions do not exist in atonal music and thus that prolongation is impossible, however Lerdahl concludes this is a circular definition and argument.[See more about Prolongation at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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