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i. In the Salicus the second note receives a slight stress, as well as a slight prolongat­ion.
2. the first n ote of a Pressus also receives a slight stress-accent.
3. A slight stress-accent should be given to the tonic accent of the Latin text; though care should be taken not to let this interfere with the rhythmic flow of the melody.
When the tonic accent happens to coincide with a thesis, then, of course, the thesis receives a slight stress.
In giving the stress-accent to a note, care should be taken not to lengthen that note. Stress and duration are different things. In fact, such accentuation should lean rather to shortness than to length.
Moreover, the amount of stress given to a note should be in proportion to the importance of the latter's position.
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