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Rhythmic Processes in Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire

Rhythmic Processes in Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire Analysts have given renewed attention to rhythm in Schoenberg's atonal music; simultaneously, scholars of rhythm and metre have given increasing consideration to listeners’ changing perceptions of metrical structure in real time, as well as the cognition of metrical ambiguity. The present article joins these two threads of research, applying analytical techniques developed by Christopher Hasty (1997) to Pierrot lunaire. Hasty's approach suits Pierrot because it allows for evanescence and vagueness in the perception of rhythmic and metric qualities. The article describes several types of processes of rhythmic change in Pierrot: contraction and expansion of projective functions, hypermetrical formation and dispersion and metrical promotion and demotion. The resulting analytical model and typology can serve as a point of departure for analysing works in various corpora in addition to those of the Second Viennese School. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

Rhythmic Processes in Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire

Music Analysis , Volume 40 (1) – Mar 1, 2021

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Wiley
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Music Analysis © 2021 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN
0262-5245
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1468-2249
DOI
10.1111/musa.12167
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Abstract

Analysts have given renewed attention to rhythm in Schoenberg's atonal music; simultaneously, scholars of rhythm and metre have given increasing consideration to listeners’ changing perceptions of metrical structure in real time, as well as the cognition of metrical ambiguity. The present article joins these two threads of research, applying analytical techniques developed by Christopher Hasty (1997) to Pierrot lunaire. Hasty's approach suits Pierrot because it allows for evanescence and vagueness in the perception of rhythmic and metric qualities. The article describes several types of processes of rhythmic change in Pierrot: contraction and expansion of projective functions, hypermetrical formation and dispersion and metrical promotion and demotion. The resulting analytical model and typology can serve as a point of departure for analysing works in various corpora in addition to those of the Second Viennese School.

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Mar 1, 2021

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