The Development of Beat Patterns from 1672 -1763: An Historical Perspective
AuthorLong, Wallace H., Jr.
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AbstractA common misconception in our understanding of the history of conducting stems from a failure to identify properly the origin of beat patterns. Berlioz's L'Art du chef d'orchestra, written in 1844, has long been accepted as the first major text to codify both the principles of conducting and the beat-patterns conductors have employed to facilitate communication with performers.The beat-patterns illustrated in L'Art du chef d'orchestre had actually been in existence for well over a century before Berlioz wrote about them. The present study will document the existence of beat patterns prior to 1844 and examine their influence on performance practice.
Degree ProgramGraduate College