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Meter as Rhythm


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PART I METER AND RHYTHM COMPOSED ONE General Characterization of the Opposition Periodicity and the Denial of Taste Rhythmic Experience Period versus Pattern; Metrical Accent versus Rhythmic Accent TWO Two Eighteenth-Century Views THREE Evaluations of Rhythm and Meter FOUR Distinctions of Rhythm and Meter in Three Influential American Studies FIVE Discontinuity of Number and Continuity of Tonal "Motion" PART II A THEORY OF METER AS PROCESS SIX Preliminary Definitions: Begining, End, and Duration "Now" Durational Determinacy SEVEN Meter as Projection: "Projection Defined" Projection and Prediction EIGHT Precedents for a Theory of Projection NINE Some Traditional Questions of Meter Approached from the Perspective of Projective Process: Accent Division Hierarchy Anacrusis Pulse and Beat Metrical Types - Equal/Unequal TEN Metrical Particularity: Particularity and Reproduction Two Examples ELEVEN Obstacles to a View of Meter as Process: Meter as Habit "Large Scale Meter as Container (Hypermeter) TWELVE The Limits of Meter: The Durational "Extent" of Projection The Efficacy of Meter Some Small Examples THIRTEEN Overlapping, End as Aim, Projective Types: Overlapping End as Aim Projective Types FOURTEEN Problems of Meter in Early-Seventeenth-Century and Twentieth-Century Music: Monteverdi, "Oime, se tanto amate" (First Phase) Shutz, "Adjuro vos, filiae Jerusalem" Webern, Quartet, op. 22 Babbitt, Du SIXTEEN The Spatialization of Time and the Eternal "Now Moment"

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Christopher Hasty's scholarly work engages problems in the theory and analysis of music from the 16th to the 20th centuries from the standpoint of process and experience. His book Meter as Rhythm (1997) won the Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory for the Outstanding Music Theory Book of the Year. His current research interests include process philosophy, poetic prosody, and ecological and post-cognitivist psychology.


"[A] significant contribution to the study of the temporal aspects of music."--Choice "As a seminal text on the theory of temporality, Christopher Hasty's Meter As Rhythm remains relevant to music scholarship today. In fact I would argue it isAmore relevant today than ever. Rhythm has become one of the most important subjects of study today, in music theory, popular music, and world music alike." -- Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Professor of Music, Department of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University "Christopher Hasty's Meter as Rhythm is a foundational text in contemporary music theory. Hasty's accomplishment DL still unparalleled in any other existing study of meter, historical or contemporary DL was to encourage a complete revision of our core beliefs concerning this musical phenomenon along the lines of process philosophy. With acute sensitivity to the history of ideas surrounding temporality and to the minutiae of music's phenomenal unfolding, Hasty's book offers a distinctive theory of meter. It is a document to which all subsequent theories of musical temporality must respond." -- Roger Mathew Grant, Associate Professor of Music, Wesleyan University

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