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Meter As Rhythm

by  Christopher Hasty

ISBN-10: 0195100662

ISBN-13: 9780195100662


Book Specs


Trade Cloth


Oxford University Press

Published on  

Apr 10, 1997


1st Edition


7.25x0.93x10.25 Inches


1.38 Pounds

About the Book

In this book Christopher Hasty presents a striking new theory of musical duration. Drawing on insights from modern "process" philosophy, he advances a fully temporal perspective in which meter is released from its mechanistic connotations and recognized as a concrete, visceral agent of musical expression. Part one of the book reviews oppositions of law and freedom, structure and process, determinacy and indeterminacy in the speculations of theorists from the eighteenth century to the present. Part two reinterprets these contrasts to form a highly original account of meter that engages diverse musical repertories and aesthetic issues.