Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Roger Mathew Grant

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199367283

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367283.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use.date: 06 July 2022

A Renewed Account of Unequal Triple Meter

A Renewed Account of Unequal Triple Meter

(p.63) Chapter Three A Renewed Account of Unequal Triple Meter
Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era

Roger Mathew Grant

Oxford University Press

From its earliest formulations in writings on music, triple meter has held a special position. Conceptions of triple meter as the perfect mode of temporal division gave way during the sixteenth century to conceptions of triple meter grounded in a basic inequality, connected to the construction of the unequal tactus or battuta. While duple meters consisted of a lowering and raising of the hand that were equal in length, triple meters consisted of a lowering of the hand that was double the length of the following raise. An unequal meter, triple meter was similar in nature to the unbalanced meters in five or seven with which we are familiar today. This chapter revitalizes an unequal conceptualization of triple meter and brings this consideration to bear in analyses of Schein, Susato, Gervaise, Purcell, and Handel.

Keywords:   triple meter, unequal meter, non-isochronous meter, hemiola, Schein, Susato, Gervaise, Purcell, Handel

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .