from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In musical theory, a term used by Hugo Riemann (from about 1884) for the general principle, in performance, that dynamic variations are, or should be, combined with slight variations in rhythmical regularity if the full expressiveness of a phrase is to be brought out. What is called
tempo rubato(which see, under tempo) belongs to the field of agogics.
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- noun Plural form of
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Weight playing permits nothing to interfere with discriminative phrasing, complicated rhythmical problems, the infinitely subtle variation of time for expressive purposes now classed under the head of agogics, all shades of dynamic gradation; in fact everything that falls in the domain of the artist pianist.
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Allegro of the same duration in stormy block chords that begin to skitter in broken agogics, almost a galloping Debussy or Bartok etude.
The syncopations and agogics can fluster some pianists, but
The syncopes and animated agogics in the bass line become torrential, only to burst forth in clarion bell-peals of emotional triumph.