Nineteenth‐ and Twentieth‐Century Theories of Metrical Conflict

Harald Krebs

in Fantasy Pieces

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780195116236
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871308 | DOI:
Nineteenth‐ and Twentieth‐Century Theories of Metrical Conflict

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This chapter begins by describing the 19th-century origins of some of the basic ideas that underlie the book's approach: the first metaphorical application of the terms “consonance” and “dissonance” to rhythmic structures (in the writings of Hector Berlioz); and early examples of the recognition of two basic categories of metrical conflict, based, respectively, on incongruent groupings, and on non-aligned presentation of congruent groupings (in writings of François-Joseph Fétis and Hugo Riemann). The second part of the chapter traces these ideas through the 20th century, referring to writings by Henry Cowell, Charles Seeger, Joseph Schillinger, Wallace Berry, Maury Yeston, and Carl Schachter, among others, and to various earlier discussions of the music of Robert Schumann.

Keywords: Hector Berlioz; François-Joseph Fétis; Hugo Riemann; Henry Cowell; Charles Seeger; Joseph Schillinger; Wallace Berry; Schumann; metrical conflict; syncopation

Chapter.  8439 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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