Prolongation

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Prolongation Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    prolongation n
  1. the act of prolonging something; "there was an indefinite prolongation of the peace talks" [syn: protraction, perpetuation, lengthening]
  2. amount or degree or range to which something extends; "the wire has an extension of 50 feet" [syn: extension, lengthiness]
  3. the consequence of being lengthened in duration [syn: lengthiness, continuation, protraction]
Prolongation Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Prolongation \Pro`lon*ga"tion\, n. [F. prolongation.]
  1. The act of lengthening in space or in time; extension; protraction. --Bacon.
  2. That which forms an additional length.
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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.

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