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Organized Time: Rhythm, Tonality, and Form

Jason Yust


This book presents a theory of temporal structure for music, making two main arguments. The first is that a single model of temporal structure, expressible in the form of a certain type of mathematical network, is common to all modalities, particularly rhythm, tonality, and form. As a result, we can develop tools to talk about the experience of musical time in abstraction from any particular modality, and make analogies from structural phenomena in one modality to another (e.g., formal counterpoint). The second argument is that each of these modalities is in principle independent: it has its o ... More

Keywords: time, temporal structure, tonal structure, meter, hypermeter, musical form, tonal music, harmony, structural disjunction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190696481
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190696481.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Yust, author
Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Boston University School of Music