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Augmentation is a musical term for the prolongation of notes in a melody or part of a melody. It is often used in counterpoint, to the effect that several (for instance bass- and soprano) melodies are woven together, or that the augmentation makes room for another melody to temporarily raise to the surface. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is an exellent aid to study this application.

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