Some thoughts on the conventional alteration of rhythm

  • Алексей Анатольевич Панов Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет
  • Иван Васильевич Розанов Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет; Санкт-Петербургская государственная консерватория им. Н. А. Римского-Корсакова


The article is dedicated to the problem of terminology concerning the main forms of the conventional rhythmic alteration in Baroque and partly Post-Baroque music. Beginning with the study by Arnold Dolmetsch who, in 1915 introduced into scholarly usage the lexeme conventional alteration of rhythm, many authorities have directed their scientific research toward the problem of the specific conventions which existed in rhythmic notation. As a result numerous related musical terms entered the thesaurus of contemporary research: ‘conventional alteration of rhythm’, ‘rhythmic alteration’, ‘notes inégales’, ‘inequality’, ‘overdotting’, ‘unequal’, and the like, which have become abundantly used. However, strict definitions and hierarchies among these terms are lacking in scholarly knowledge. Moreover, until the present day, one may uncover diametrically opposed and controversial interpretations of the basic concepts in the sphere of rhythmic alteration in thematically oriented music publications, reference and encyclopedic literature. The principal disagreements have arisen in connection with the French artistic technique of the notes inégales when a number of authors spread it far beyond the performance practice of French Baroque and Post-Baroque music contrary to, and without justification in, the opinions of early French musicians. This lead to great confusion in early music performance for those musicians who put much effort into their search for historically informed interpretation. The article attempts to reveal the most problematic aspects of modern ideas about the practice of rhythmic alteration in Western European music of the 17th and 18th centuries, and to point to the most characteristic and typological errors in the interpretation of historical sources by contemporary researchers.

Ключевые слова:

сonventional alteration of rhythm, rhythmic alteration, notes inégales, inequality, overdotting, marqué, coulés, dont les points


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Алексей Анатольевич Панов, Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет

доктор искусствоведения, профессор, заведующий кафедрой органа, клавесина и карильона, член правления российского национального Общества теории музыки

Иван Васильевич Розанов, Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет; Санкт-Петербургская государственная консерватория им. Н. А. Римского-Корсакова

доктор искусствоведения, профессор кафедры органа, клавесина и карильона факультета искусств Санкт-Петербургского государственного университета, профессор кафедры органа и клавесина Санкт-Петербургской государственной консерватории им. Н. А. Римского-Корсакова



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Панов, А. А., & Розанов, И. В. (2018). Some thoughts on the conventional alteration of rhythm. Вестник Санкт-Петербургского университета. Искусствоведение, 8(2), 195-213.

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