Chapter

Rhythm

Donna Louise Gunn

in Discoveries from the Fortepiano

Published in print December 2015 | ISBN: 9780199396634
Published online December 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199396672 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396634.003.0005
Rhythm

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The chapter explains implied meanings inherent in eighteenth-century rhythmic notation. The elements of affekt, tempo, meter (including the downbeat), rhetoric and pathos, phrase structure, note values (including dotted notes and cross rhythms), and rests are examined individually and as they interact with one another to create a fluid, complete, rhythmic whole. Concrete comparisons are made between Classical Era practices and modern interpretations. Differences between fortepiano and modern piano mechanics that impact how the execution of rhythms is actually pronounced on each instrument are presented. Plausible adjustments are suggested in both application and a concluding lesson.

Keywords: rhythm; cross rhythm; dotted rhythm; rhetoric; pathos; execution; rests; tempo; meter; affekt

Chapter.  7802 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Applied Music

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