Metric Manipulations in Haydn and Mozart

Metric Manipulations in Haydn and Mozart : Chamber Music for Strings, 1787-1791

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Playing with Meter makes a significant contribution to music theory and to the growing conversation on metric perception and musical composition. Focusing on the chamber music of Haydn and Mozart produced during the years 1787 to 1791, the period of most intense metric experimentation in the output of both composers, author Danuta Mirka presents a systematic discussion of metric manipulations in music of the late 18th-century. By bringing together historical and present-day theoretical approaches to rhythm and meter on the basis of their shared cognitive orientations, the book places the ideas of 18th-century theorists such as Riepe, Sulzer, Kirnberger and Koch into dialogue with modern concepts in cognitive musicology, particularly those of Fred Lerdahl and Ray Jackendoff, David Temperley, and Justin London. In addition, the book puts considerations of subtle and complex meter found in 18th-century musical handbooks and lexicons into point-by-point contact with Harald Krebs's recent theory of metrical dissonance. The result is an innovative and illuminating reinterpretation of late 18th-century music and music perception which will have resonance in scholarship and in analytical teaching and practice. Playing with Meter will appeal to students and scholars in music theory and cognition/perception, and will also have appeal to musicologists studying Haydn and Mozart.show more

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous music examples
  • 019538492X
  • 9780195384925

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entertaining and enthralling * Early Music *show more

About Danuta Mirka

Danuta Mirka, born in Poland, is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Southampton. She is a member of the Society for Music Theory and the Society for Music Analysis.show more

Table of contents

CHAPTER 1. MUSICAL METER BETWEEN COMPOSITION AND PERCEPTION; CHAPTER 2. FINDING METER; CHAPTER 3. SUSTAINING METER-CHALLENGING METER; CHAPTER 4. CHANGING METER I: CHANGE OF PERIOD; CHAPTER 5. CHANGING METER II: CHANGE OF PHASE; CHAPTER 6. CHANGING METER III: CHANGE OF TACTUS; CHAPTER 7. ANALYSES OF LONG-RANGE METRICAL STRATEGIES; CHAPTER 8. WIT, COMEDY AND METRIC MANIPULATIONS IN HAYDN AND MOZART'S PERSONAL STYLES; NOTES; REFERENCES; INDEXshow more

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