Definitions for "Down beat"
Keywords:  minuet, bach, strongest, album, triple
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The first beat; given by the conductor with a downward stroke.
First beat of the measure, the strongest in any meter. Example: Bach, "Minuet in G" Real Audio: 28k | 56k | About this album This triple-meter dance begins on an accented beat, the first beat, or downbeat, in the measure ( - 2 - 3 - - 2 - 3).