Metric Dissonance in Non-Isochronous Meters Page: 6
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fragments (eighth-eighth-quarter) represent groups, or units, that do not coincide with metrical
beats. The first two eighths occur on a weak metrical beat (beat four), and the quarter-note occurs
on the strong beat. Although Lerdahl and Jackendoff make a compelling argument for the
separation of grouping and metrical structures, my use of the term "grouping" resembles Krebs's
conception of the term.
Example 1.4. Lerdahl and Jackendoff's grouping and metrical analysis of the opening of
Mozart's G Minor Symphony'2
Richard Cohn further theorizes about grouping dissonance by discussing various levels of
dissonance that can occur between two metric states. Metric states constitute the conglomeration
of strata that occur within a time span. For example, a metric state could involve only 3/4 time,
only 6/8 time, or a simultaneous instance of 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures. Metric states vary in
levels of dissonance depending on the conflicting strata.
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Smith, Jayson. Metric Dissonance in Non-Isochronous Meters, dissertation, August 2018; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1248499/m1/17/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .