AskDefine | Define prolongation

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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]

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  1. The act of prolonging.
  2. That which has been prolonged; an extension.


Extensive Definition

In music, especially 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.

Further reading

  • Straus, Joseph N. (1982). "The Problem of Prolongation in Post-Tonal Music", Journal of Music Theory 31, p.1-21.

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