Meter in Music, 1600-1800: Performance, Perception, and Notation

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Indiana University Press, Dec 1, 1999 - Music - 174 pages
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"All practising musicians with an interest in the baroque owe it to themselves to be exposed to the ideas contained in this book." --Continuo

"This is a book from an excellent musician in the early field who turns out also to be a most persistent scholar... " --Early Music

"... the book offers a vast quantity of data from a wide range of sources.... George Houle is to be congratulated for his honest presentation of the entire spectrum." --Music Educators Journal

The treatment of meter in performance has evolved dramatically since 1600. Here is a practical guide for the performer, with many quotations from early manuals and treatises, and abundant examples.

  

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This book is a work of major significance whose time has come! Topics are covered in proper proportion. The text will color your conception of metric music and will put you in a perfect mood!

Contents

The Origins of the Measure in the Seventeenth
1
PLATES PLATE 1 Parallelogrammo figura del la Battuta Eguale
6
Circolo figura della Battuta Ineguale
7
Conducting with the hand
10
Conducting with a stick
11
Conducting with a roll of paper
12
Time Signatures in the Eighteenth Century
35
Quantitative Meters in Poetry
62
Articulation of Quantitative Meter
85
Sertnette cylinder and tools
111
Sertnette
112
Frontispiece of Engramelles La tonotechnie
113
Accent as Measure Articulation and as Measure
124
Rhythmopoeia According
135
BIBLIOGRAPHY
153
INDEX
171

The Perception of Meter
78

Common terms and phrases

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About the author (1999)

Houle is Professor Emeritus of Music at Stanford University and former music director of the New York Pro Musica.

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