Metric displacement in the first movement of Brahms's Clarinet quintet, op. 115 : an analysis for performance

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Christian Kent Ellenwood (Creator)
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Kelly Burke

Abstract: The complex interaction between meter and rhythm in Brahms's Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in B Minor, op. 115, is considered especially challenging for performers. Transitional and developmental passages in the first movement of the quintet contain unusual patterns of accentuation and rhythmic grouping. These accentual patterns and rhythmic groups suggest metric structures that are in conflict with the notated meter. Consequently, a conflict exists between what performers hear and what they see in the notation. The purpose of the study is to analyze and clarify rhythmic ambiguities in metrically displaced passages in the first movement of the quintet.

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Language: English
Date: 1996
Brahms, Johannes, $d 1833-1897. $t Quintets, $m clarinet, violins, viola, violoncello, $n op. 115, $r B minor
Musical meter and rhythm

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