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

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Indiana University Press, 1987 - Music - 174 pages
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While the notation of 17th- and 18th-century music looks familiar, its meanings and the treatment of meter in performance have evolved dramatically. When performed according to the conventions of its own time, the music of 1600-1800 balances precision and flexibility, with an enchanting lilt, grace, and vitality. With many quotations and musical examples from theoretical treatises and instruction manuals of the period, Meter in Music is a practical guide to the performance of Baroque and early Classical music, with guidance on notes inegales, fingerings, bowings, and woodwind tonguings.
  

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Contents

The Origins of the Measure in the Seventeenth
1
PLATES PLATE 1 Parallelogrammo figura della 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
Serinette cylinder and tools
111
Serinette
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 (1987)

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

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