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Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era - Oxford Studies in Music Theory (Hardback)
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Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era - Oxford Studies in Music Theory (Hardback)

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Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 08/01/2015
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Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era chronicles the shifting relationships between ideas about time in music and science from the sixteenth through the early nineteenth centuries. Centered on theories of musical meter, the book investigates the interdependence between theories of meter and conceptualizations of time from the age of Zarlino to the invention of the metronome. These formulations have evolved throughout the history of Western music, reflecting fundamental reevaluations not only of music but also of time itself. Drawing on paradigms from the history of science and technology and the history of philosophy, author Roger Mathew Grant illustrates ways in which theories of meter and time, informed by one another, have manifested themselves in the field of music. During the long eighteenth century, treatises on subjects such as aesthetics, music theory, mathematics, and natural philosophy began to reflect an understanding of time as an absolute quantity, independent of events. This gradual but conclusive change had a profound impact on the network of ideas connecting time, meter, character, and tempo. Investigating the impacts of this change, Grant explores the timekeeping techniques - musical and otherwise - that implemented this conceptual shift, both technologically and materially. Bringing together diverse strands of thought in a broader intellectual history of temporality, Grant's study fills an unexpected yet conspicuous gap in the history of music theory, and is essential reading for music theorists and composers as well as historical musicologists and practitioners of historically informed performance.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199367283
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 242 x 162 x 27 mm


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In Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era, Grant successfully integrates a constellation of philosophical, cultural, and aesthetic issues. He shows a remarkable command of period musical discourse in Latin, Italian, French, and German; the historical inferences he draws are compelling and carefully argued; and his breadth of study is remarkable ... Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era will appeal primarily to theorists, historians, and scholars of the history of ideas, though its insights are relevant to all lovers of European music from this era. * Music Theory Spectrum *
Grant offers his audience a much more integrated understanding of music and the broader social world, as well as a more specific understanding of the constraints upon musics temporal features in this era and what these constraints make possible. Interested readers will find ample reward. * Andrew Wilson, Music Theory Spectrum *

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