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UNIT II—Language and Melodic Rhythm

To allow the materials to stretch, marinate, breathe, ___ (insert chosen metaphor), etc., we’ll work through Units I and II simultaneously in weeks 3-6.

Patel, Anirudh. (2006.) “Musical Rhythm, Linguistic Rhythm, and Human Evolution.” Music Perception 24/1. 99–104

Patel, Aniruddh D. Excerpts pp 118-158 from Chapter 3 (Rhythm): “Rhythm in Speech,” “Interlude: Rhythm and Poetry in Song,” and 190-196 only (Section 4.2.1-4.2.3) from Chapter 4 “Melody,” of Music, Language, and the BrainOxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Daniele, Joseph, and Patel, Anirudh. (2004.) “The Interplay of Linguistic and Historical Influences on Musical Rhythm in Different Cultures.” Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Evanston IL, 2004.


Ashley, R. “Do[n’t] Change a Hair for Me: the Art of Jazz Rubato.” Music Perception, 2002, 19, 311–322.

Agawu, V. Kofi. “The Rhythmic Structure of West African Music,” in the Journal of Musicology, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Summer, 1987), pp. 400-418.

Schachter, Carl (1999). Excerpts of Chapter 1: “A preliminary study,” [Electronic resource*] in “Rhythm and Linear Analysis,” Part I of Unfoldings. New York: Oxford. pp 17-30, 36-43. 


Schumann—In der Fremde Op. 39 No. 1:  [SCORERECORDINGS: [Marjana Lipovsek] [Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau] [TEXT

Schubert—Erster Verlust D. 226 [SCORERECORDINGS: [Ian Bostridge][Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau] [TEXT]


Further Reading: 

Leach, Elizabeth Eva. “Form, Counterpoint, and Meaning in a Fourteenth Century French Courtly Song,” in Analytical and Cross-cultural studies in World Music. New York: Oxford, 2011.

Spillman, Robert and Stein, Deborah. Chapter 8: “Rhythm and Meter.” In Poetry Into Song: Performance and Analysis of Lieder. pp 167-190. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Huron, David, and Royal, Matthew. “What is Melodic Accent? Converging Evidence from Musical Practice.” In Music Perception Summer 1996, Vol. 13, No. 4, 489-516.

Kramer, Jonathan. “Meter and Rhythm.” Chapter 4 in The Time of Music. New York: Schirmer, 1988.

Kubik, Gerhard. “The Cognitive Study of African Musical Rhythm,” Chapter 6 of Theory of African Music, Volume 2.  

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