Metric Dissonance in Non-Isochronous Meters Page: 51
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5/2 has increasingly gained prominence. At the development, 5/2 finally overtakes 5/4 (Example
4.12). Fragments from the original ostinato, marked with rectangles, persist under the 5/2 meter
and gradually increase in occurrence until m. 109 (Example 4.13). Significantly, those fragments
do not conflict metrically with 5/2, contributing to Macan's "period of relative calm." Although
the ostinato is not metrically present, the fragments provide a rhythmic presence, recalling the
"frenetic exposition." The fragments increase in frequency toward the end of the development,
signaling an increase in rhythmic, but not metric intensity. In an abrupt shift of rhythmic
momentum, the fragments are completely abandoned in m. 109, one bar before the return of the
5/4 ostinato that marks the beginning of the recapitulation. Whereas the harmony in m. 109, a
subdominant on the C axis, suitably prepares the listener for an arrival at the dominant in the
recapitulation, the 5/2 meter's complete prominence in the measure, perhaps, provides an
expectation of more 5/2. This expectation is thwarted at the frenetic onset of the recapitulation. It
is as if the 5/4 meter had become more powerful via rhythmic fragments, allowing 5/2 one last
breath in m. 109, before emerging triumphantly in m. 110.
Example 4.12. 5/4 fragments in the context of 5/2 in the development
I m 57 1- Y-
s 98 All 7f
97 ___ 98
- 3 ----3
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