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Classical and Romantic Performing Practice 1750-1900$
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Clive Brown

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198161653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198161653.001.0001

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Accentuation in Theory

Accentuation in Theory

(p.7) 1 Accentuation in Theory
Classical and Romantic Performing Practice 1750-1900

Clive Brown

Oxford University Press

Misconceptions about late 18th- and 19th-century conceptions of accentuation, a basic element of style, are abound. This chapter examines categories of accentuation. It deals with theoretical accounts of metrical accent, structural and expressive (oratorical and pathetic) accent in the writings of theorists from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century. It considers how attitudes changed during the period and how changes in musical style and notational practices affected theoretical perceptions.

Keywords:   accent, metre, metrical, structural, expressive oratorical, pathetic

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