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prolation

[proh-ley-shuh n]
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noun Medieval Music.
  1. the time relationship between a semibreve and a minim in mensural notation.

Origin of prolation

1325–75; Middle English prolacion < Latin prōlātiōn- (stem of prōlātiō) a bringing forward. See prolate, -ion
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  • Prolation, together with tempus, corresponds roughly to the concept of time signature in modern music.

    Wit and Mirth: or Pills to Purge Melancholy, Volume VI

    Various

  • Prolation is a term used in the theory of medieval music to describe its rhythmic structure on a small scale.

  • They had the eternity from one word, and the prolation, the emanation from another word.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)


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