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Hearing in TimePsychological Aspects of Musical Meter$
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Justin London

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195160819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160819.001.0001

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Metric Flux in Beethoven's Fifth

Metric Flux in Beethoven's Fifth

(p.89) 6 Metric Flux in Beethoven's Fifth
Hearing in Time

Justin London

Oxford University Press

The fluctuations in metric organization in the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No, 5 in C-minor are described and discussed. While the basic duple meter never changes, the depth of subdivision and the presence of levels above the tactus (so-called hypermeter) changes radically over the course of the movement. The thickest meters occur at structurally stable passages in the piece, while the thinnest meters coincide with points of high drama and tension.

Keywords:   metric consonance, hypermeter, metric depth, Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C-minor, Op. 67

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