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Music and Rhythm

Fundamentals – History – Analysis

Peter Petersen

This book sets forth the first really novel theory of rhythm since Hugo Riemann: the components theory. Its approach will be of interest to musicologists and music theoreticians alike as well as to music performers, since it will enable them to describe and understand the rhythmic shape of music better and more fully than was previously possible. Instead of conceiving rhythm simply as interplay of short and long, of accents and meters, the present analysis takes its departure from secondary rhythms that are not notated but depend on specific qualities of a given sound or sound formation. Together with the basic rhythms, these components rhythms form a total rhythmic texture, whose temporal and weight structure allows a novel way of perceiving musical meter as not being primarily prescriptive but above all as the product of an overall compositional calculation of component rhythms.

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Introduction 0-001 Haydn Symph. No. 94, 2nd mov. m. 1 0-002 Haydn Symph. No. 94, 2nd mov. m. 1 0-003 Haydn Symph. No. 94, 2nd mov. m. 1 0-004 Haydn Symph. No. 94, 2nd mov. mm. 1, 75, 107 0-005 Haydn Symph. No. 94, 2nd mov. m. 115 0-006 Haydn Symph. No. 94, 2nd mov. mm. 1- 16 Part One: Theory of Components Rhythms and Components Sound 1-001 Beethoven Symph. No. 5, 3rd mov. mm. 324 ff. 1-002 Beethoven Symph. No. 5, 3rd mov. mm. 1, 236 ff. 1-003 Berg Wozzeck II/2 mm. 310 ff. 1-004 Berg Lulu I/3 mm. 833 ff. 1-005 Berg Wozzeck III/2-3 mm. 109 ff. Pitch 1-006 Beethoven Symph. No. 1, 3rd mov. Beginning 1-007 Anon. Lamento di Tristano 1-008 Beethoven Symph. No. 9, Finale Beginning 1-009 Vivaldi La Primavera mm. 47 ff. 1-010 Chopin Etude op. 25 No. 12, Beginning 1-011 Brahms String Quartet op. 51/2, 4th mov. mm. 13 Diastematics 1-012 Beethoven Symph. No. 2, 2nd mov. mm. 66- 73 1-013 Monteverdi Vesperae beatae Mariae Virginis, Psalm 109 1-014 Bach, J. S. Präludium BWV 926, mm. 1, 21, 45 1-015 Bauldeweyn Missa »Da pacem«, Credo 1-016 Beethoven Symph. No. 5, 3rd mov. mm. 1 ff. 1-017 Beethoven Symph. No. 5, 3rd mov. mm. 350 ff. 1-018 Brahms Kl.Konzert No. 2, 1st mov. mm. 260 1-019 Brahms Kl.Konzert No. 2, 1st mov. mm. 256-61 1-020 Ligeti Continuum Articulation 1-021 Beethoven Symph. No. 4, 3rd mov. Beginning 1-022 Beethoven Symph. No. 6, 2nd mov. Beginn-...

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