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The Rhythmic Structure of Music

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In this influential book on the subject of rhythm, the authors develop a theoretical framework based essentially on a Gestalt approach, viewing rhythmic experience in terms of pattern perception or groupings. Musical examples of increasing complexity are used to provide training in the analysis, performance, and writing of rhythm, with exercises for the student's own work.

"This is a path-breaking work, important alike to music students and teachers, but it will make profitable reading for performers, too."—New York Times Book Review

"When at some future time theories of rhythm . . . are . . . as well understood, and as much discussed as theories of harmony and counterpoint . . . they will rest in no small measure on the foundations laid by Cooper and Meyer in this provocative dissertation on the rhythmic structure of music."—Notes

". . . . a significant, courageous and, on the whole, successful attempt to deal with a very controversial and neglected subject. Certainly no one who takes the time to read it will emerge from the experience unchanged or unmoved."—Journal of Music Theory

The late GROSVENOR W. COOPER, author of Learning to Listen, was professor of music at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Synopsis:

I. Definitions and PrinciplesArchitectonic LevelsPulseMeterRhythmAccentStressGroupingII. Rhythms on Lower Architectonic LevelsTrochee and Iamb in Duple MeterArticulation and StructureAmphibrach, Anapest, and Dactyl in Duple MeterDactyl, Anapest, and Amphibrach in Triple MeterThe Character of Particular RhythmsIamb and Trochee in Triple MeterRhythmic AmbiguityThe Influence of Rhythm on Melodic MotionRecapitulation and IllustrationExercisesIII. More Complex Rhythmic StructuresTheoretical ConsiderationsThe Coherence of Higher-Level RhythmsGroupings on Higher LevelsAnalysis of a Whole SectionExercisesIV. Rhythm and MeterMeter and the Bar LineNon-congruenceThe Influence of Stress upon MeterSyncopations, Suspensions, and TiesMetric CrossingExercisesV. Rhythm, Mobility, and TensionRhythm and MobilityRhythm and TensionAn Extended AnacrusisAn Accented RestSummary ExampleExercisesVI. Rhythm, Continuity, and FormRhythm, Form, and Morphological LengthsContinuity and FormThemes, Non-themes, and ContinuityRhythm and TextureExercisesVII. Rhythmic DevelopmentAmbiguous RhythmRhythmic VaguenessRhythmic TransformationAnacrustic DevelopmentExercisesVIII. Extended ExamplesChopin, Prelude in E-Flat, Op. 24Beethoven, Symphony No. 8, First MovementList of SymbolsIndexIndex of Music

Table of Contents

I. Definitions and Principles

Architectonic Levels

Pulse

Meter

Rhythm

Accent

Stress

Grouping

II. Rhythms on Lower Architectonic Levels

Trochee and Iamb in Duple Meter

Articulation and Structure

Amphibrach, Anapest, and Dactyl in Duple Meter

Dactyl, Anapest, and Amphibrach in Triple Meter

The Character of Particular Rhythms

Iamb and Trochee in Triple Meter

Rhythmic Ambiguity

The Influence of Rhythm on Melodic Motion

Recapitulation and Illustration

Exercises

III. More Complex Rhythmic Structures

Theoretical Considerations

The Coherence of Higher-Level Rhythms

Groupings on Higher Levels

Analysis of a Whole Section

Exercises

IV. Rhythm and Meter

Meter and the Bar Line

Non-congruence

The Influence of Stress upon Meter

Syncopations, Suspensions, and Ties

Metric Crossing

Exercises

V. Rhythm, Mobility, and Tension

Rhythm and Mobility

Rhythm and Tension

An Extended Anacrusis

An Accented Rest

Summary Example

Exercises

VI. Rhythm, Continuity, and Form

Rhythm, Form, and Morphological Lengths

Continuity and Form

Themes, Non-themes, and Continuity

Rhythm and Texture

Exercises

VII. Rhythmic Development

Ambiguous Rhythm

Rhythmic Vagueness

Rhythmic Transformation

Anacrustic Development

Exercises

VIII. Extended Examples

Chopin, Prelude in E-Flat, Op. 24

Beethoven, Symphony No. 8, First Movement

List of Symbols

Index

Index of Music

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226115221
With:
Meyer, Leonard B.
Author:
Meyer, Leonard B.
Author:
Cooper, Grosvenor
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Folk & Traditional
Subject:
History, reference and criticism
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
Musical meter and rhythm
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Theory
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Music-Folk and Ethnic
Copyright:
Edition Number:
4th impression.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
P118
Publication Date:
19630431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
221
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , I. Definitions and PrinciplesArchitectonic LevelsPulseMeterRhythmAccentStressGroupingII. Rhythms on Lower Architectonic LevelsTrochee and Iamb in Duple MeterArticulation and StructureAmphibrach, Anapest, and Dactyl in Duple MeterDactyl, Anapest, and Amphibrach in Triple MeterThe Character of Particular RhythmsIamb and Trochee in Triple MeterRhythmic AmbiguityThe Influence of Rhythm on Melodic MotionRecapitulation and IllustrationExercisesIII. More Complex Rhythmic StructuresTheoretical ConsiderationsThe Coherence of Higher-Level RhythmsGroupings on Higher LevelsAnalysis of a Whole SectionExercisesIV. Rhythm and MeterMeter and the Bar LineNon-congruenceThe Influence of Stress upon MeterSyncopations, Suspensions, and TiesMetric CrossingExercisesV. Rhythm, Mobility, and TensionRhythm and MobilityRhythm and TensionAn Extended AnacrusisAn Accented RestSummary ExampleExercisesVI. Rhythm, Continuity, and FormRhythm, Form, and Morphological LengthsContinuity and FormThemes, Non-themes, and ContinuityRhythm and TextureExercisesVII. Rhythmic DevelopmentAmbiguous RhythmRhythmic VaguenessRhythmic TransformationAnacrustic DevelopmentExercisesVIII. Extended ExamplesChopin, Prelude in E-Flat, Op. 24Beethoven, Symphony No. 8, First MovementList of SymbolsIndexIndex of Music
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