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Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era

Roger Mathew Grant


This book chronicles the shifting relationships between theories of meter and conceptualizations of time from the age of Zarlino to the invention of the metronome. Writers on music have long grappled with the nature of meter, and throughout the history of Western music their formulations have continually evolved, 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, this study illustrates ways in which theories of meter and time have mutually informed one another. The turnin ... More

Keywords: meter, time, tempo, character, notation, tempo giusto, metronome, history of music theory, Kirnberger

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199367283
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Mathew Grant, author
Wesleyan University