Metric Flux in Beethoven’s Fifth

Justin London

in Hearing in Time

Second edition

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744374
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949632 | DOI:
Metric Flux in Beethoven’s Fifth

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The fluctuations in metric organization in the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No, 5 in C-minor are described and discussed. While the basic duple meter never changes, the depth of subdivision and the presence of levels above the tactus (so-called hypermeter) changes radically over the course of the movement. The thickest meters occur at structurally stable passages in the piece, while the thinnest meters coincide with points of high drama and tension.

Keywords: metric consonance; hypermeter; metric depth; Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C-minor; Op. 67

Chapter.  3524 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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