[Smt-talk] Classical metric fakeouts

Michael Morse mwmorse at bell.net
Sun Mar 27 08:25:32 PDT 2011

Not entirely sure that this is a pure example of the rhythmic fakeout, but the first movement of CPE Bach's Bb Sinfonia starts with held tones answered by moving lines; the precise relation of both to the tempo isn't entirely ambiguous, but neither is it entirely clear. 

This example raises the question for me: is what London is talking about, and is what you're interested in, a particular subclass of rhythmic ambiguity? i.e., that would also include Brahms's Scheintakte and Beethoven's bar groupings that sound like beat groupings, e.g. the scherzo to the Ninth? Or is there another phenomenon here?

Michael Morse
Trent University Peterborough/Oshawa
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