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