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An afterbeat, as defined by Lerdahl and Jackendoff in A Generative Theory of Tonal Music (1983), is the result of a specific interaction between grouping structure and metric structure.  It occurs when a note in a metrically weak position belongs to the group of the preceding note.


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  1. It would be good to give a specific page so the reader can consult it easily, if needed.

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