Metrical Progressions and Processes

Harald Krebs

in Fantasy Pieces

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780195116236
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871308 | DOI:
Metrical Progressions and Processes

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This chapter begins with a discussion of “metrical progressions” — successions of metrical states within pieces of music — and presents a method for the notation of metrical progressions in the form of a metrical map. Metrical maps are time-lines of musical works that use the system of labels outlined in the second chapter, and that show the changes of metrical state and changes of intensity of dissonance in the given work. The final part of the chapter, drawing on the categories of dissonance outlined in the second chapter, describes a number of metrical processes — processes of moving from consonance to dissonance (abrupt or gradual establishment of dissonance); processes within a dissonant state; and processes of moving from dissonance to consonance (processes of resolution). The largest number of these processes takes place within dissonant states: processes of intensification; of surfacing or submerging; of augmentation and diminution; and, in displacement dissonances, of tightening and loosening. Again, all of these processes are illustrated with passages from Schumann's music.

Keywords: metrical map; metrical process; intensification; surfacing; submerging; augmentation; diminution; tightening; loosening; resolution

Chapter.  10347 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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