Meter in Music, 1600-1800: Performance, Perception, and Notation
"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!
The Origins of the Measure in the Seventeenth
PLATES PLATE 1 Parallelogrammo figura del la Battuta Eguale
Circolo figura della Battuta Ineguale
Conducting with the hand
Conducting with a stick
Conducting with a roll of paper
Time Signatures in the Eighteenth Century
Quantitative Meters in Poetry
The Perception of Meter