View Full Version : augmentation and diminution?

09-24-2003, 08:43 PM
Does anyone here know what these two terms would mean in context to rhythm?

Bongo Boy
09-25-2003, 02:15 AM
Not the definitive answer, but here is some info.

I've seen the use of augmentation to simply mean 'faster', so I assume diminution can be used to mean 'slower'. However, if you read the following document, the two terms don't seem so simple. Augmentation and diminution are cited as 2 of 6 techniques for modifying rhythm, and the examples do nothing to clarify the issue (for me):


In addition, I found these definitions:
Augmentation/Diminution: Statement of a motive in rhythmic durations that are proportionately doubled or halved.
Augmentation: A technique of motivic variation where the rhythmic values of a motive or melody are increased. A strict augmentation would be when the rhythmic values are doubled exactly. (Opposite of "diminution.")Can you quote the reference where you saw this?