Articles about Metrical Structure

How to Perform Impossible Rhythms
Music Theory Online (2011) Vol. 17, pp. 1-14

This paper investigates a fairly common but seldom-studied rhythmic notation in the nineteenth-century piano literature, in which duplets in one voice occur against triplets in another, and the second duplet shares its notehead with the third triplet-a logical impossibility, as ...

Generalizing Syncopation: Contour, Duration, and Weight
Theory and Practice (2011) Vol. 36, pp. 111-150

This study defines syncopation as the contradiction, though not overturning, of a dominent metric structure by rhythmic stresses and proposes three tools for its modeling. First, a contour model of metric structure accommodates non-isochronous and other meters, offering a straightforward ...

Beethoven's "Joy"
Sonus (2009) Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 23-41