Hearing Rhythm and Meter: Analyzing Metrical Consonance and Dissonance in Common-Practice Period Music, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Hearing Rhythm and Meter

Analyzing Metrical Consonance and Dissonance in Common-Practice Period Music, 1st Edition

By Matthew Santa


174 pages

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Hearing Rhythm and Meter: Analyzing Metrical Consonance and Dissonance in Common-Practice Period Music is the first book to present a comprehensive course text on advanced analysis of rhythm and meter. This book brings together the insights of recent scholarship on rhythm and meter in a clear and engaging presentation, enabling students to understand topics including hypermeter and metrical dissonance. From the Baroque to the Romantic era, Hearing Rhythm and Meter emphasizes listening, enabling students to recognize meters and metrical dissonances by type both with and without the score. The textbook includes exercises for each chapter and is supported by a full-score anthology.


Textbook (Print Paperback): 978-0-8153-8448-9

Textbook (Print Hardback): 978-0-8153-8447-2

Textbook (eBook): 978-1-351-20431-6

Anthology (Print Paperback): 978-0-8153-9176-0

Anthology (Print Hardback): 978-0-367-34924-0

Anthology (eBook): 978-1-351-20083-7


"Matthew Santa’s Hearing Rhythm and Meter will help musicians refine their feeling for rhythm through guided listening, conducting, and analysis. This is an essential part of musical training, especially for performers. Students and professionals alike will find this book useful and thought-provoking. It is suitable for classroom use or self-teaching."

—William Rothstein, author of Phrase Rhythm in Tonal Music

"This superb summary of concepts of rhythm and meter will be useful for any and all musicians who wish to become familiar with recent thinking on these musical elements. The textbook and the associated anthology provide everything instructors would require for advanced undergraduate courses as well as graduate seminars on musical rhythm and meter. Professor Santa bolsters his lucid expositions of concepts with conducting exercises and imaginative analytical assignments. Hearing Rhythm and Meter distills a large amount of recent scholarship and presents a wealth of valuable analytical insight into a wide variety of musical literature."

—Harald Krebs, author of Fantasy Pieces: Metrical Dissonance in the Music of Robert Schumann

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Notated Meter and Sounding Meter / Chapter 2: Hypermeter and Phrase Rhythm / Chapter 3: Phrase Expansions and Hypermeter / Chapter 4: Metrical Dissonances / Chapter 5: Metrical Processes / Chapter 6: Metrical Maps / Chapter 7: Meter in Music With Text / Chapter 8: Form and Meter Appendix Bibliography Index

About the Author

Matthew Santa is Professor of Music Theory and Chair of the Music Theory and Composition Area at the Texas Tech University School of Music.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General


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