Schumann: Rhythm

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  • Schumann: Rhythm
    • No.1
      • Time signature is simple duple, the triplet rhythm continues throughout
        • Is this piece in simple or compound time?
      • Melody features dotted rhythms
        • Dotted rhythm against a triplet could be played in a variety of ways
          • Might be equivalent to a triplet divided into crotchet-quaver
            • The semiquaver would be written directly above the third note of the triplet
          • Might be intended exactly as written
            • Half of the third note of the triplet
      • Schumann's 'rit' and 'ritardando'
        • Typical of rhythmic nuances that he adds to harmonic and structural corners
        • He appears to intended them only to apply where they are written, as he often fails to indicate a tempo
    • No.3
      • Continuous semiquavers
      • Each 2 bar phrase melody starts with a crotchet
        • Child pausing before running in a new direction
        • Inner part maintains the semiquaver movement as an arpeggio to keep momentum going
      • Broad rhythm of sforzandi runs through the piece every two bars
        • Interrupter only in bars 13-16
    • No. 11
      • Dotted rhythms
        • Push music forward in alternate bars of the A section
      • Each episode has its own characteristic rhythm, with semiquavers in pairs (B) or groups of four (C)
      • Offbeat rhythms in accomp.
    • General
      • Romantic composers often base a piece on a single rhythmic and expressive idea
        • Embraces both melody and accomp.
      • Schumann lingered over a mood captured in a single phrase


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