Tempo and Tempo Modifications

Heinrich Schenker

in The Art of Performance

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151510
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871582 | DOI:
Tempo and Tempo Modifications

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This chapter recommends tempo modifications, for instance a certain pushing ahead/holding back, to create the illusion of a strict tempo. Many examples elucidate this; that it must not happen in a haphazard, willful manner is clarified by examples in which strict regularity has to be maintained. Lingering on the first notes of a new rhythmic pattern, alla breve, and accents on weak beats are all discussed in detail. The distinction is clearly drawn between rhythm, meter, and tempo.

Keywords: tempo indications; rhythm; meter; alla breve; weak beats

Chapter.  2376 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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