Harmonic Rhythm: Analysis and Interpretation

Harmonic Rhythm: Analysis and Interpretation

by Joseph Peter Swain, Joseph P. Swain
     
 

An accessible exploration of an important and understudied music theory topic, Swain's book examines the dimensional technique of analyzing harmonic rhythm. Simply defined, harmonic rhythm is the relationship between changes in harmony and perceived changes in rhythm. This phenomenon plays a large role in shaping the texture and style of much of Western music, from

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An accessible exploration of an important and understudied music theory topic, Swain's book examines the dimensional technique of analyzing harmonic rhythm. Simply defined, harmonic rhythm is the relationship between changes in harmony and perceived changes in rhythm. This phenomenon plays a large role in shaping the texture and style of much of Western music, from Renaissance polyphonic pieces to the works of Debussy. Swain provides a clear and thorough discussion of how harmonic theory works, using a small core of repeated musical examples.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195150872
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Introduction3
Pt. IAnalysis of Harmonic Rhythm
2The Rhythm of the Texture15
3Phenomenal Harmonic Rhythm22
4Bass Pitch harmonic Rhythm29
5Root/Quality Harmonic Rhythm40
6Densities of Harmonic Rhythm58
7Rhythm of Harmonic Functions68
Pt. IIInterpretation of Harmonic Rhythm
8Matters of Interpretation85
9The Speed of Harmonic Rhythm98
10Independence in Harmonic Rhythm116
11Rhythms of Non-Functional Harmony129
12Five Critical Questions148
Epilogue185
Notes189
Bibliography199
Index203

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