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I have always heard and read, and passed along in my own writing and teaching, that the term "hypermeter" was an invention of Edward Cone's. I just received a communication from Richard Gill, the distinguished Australian conductor and educator, that indicates that Cone may have appropriated the term from poetic scansion. Gill found the term in a Liber Usualis from 1952, which on p. 127 has "According to a decree of the S[acrosanctum] C[onsilium], dated May 14, 1915, hypermetric or redundant syllables in the hymns may be elided..." If so, Cone would have adapted the term's meaning, from "extraneous", to something like "above."
This is news to me and I though might be of interest to others.
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