Metric Dissonance in Non-Isochronous Meters Page: 58
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in the recapitulation's closing theme group by interrupting the dissonant canon with
interpolations of the 5/2 meter.
Example 4.19. Onset of the coda in Holst, "Mars" from The Planets
It is appropriate to mention the coda of the movement, which ends on a C-G dyad, at
which Macan suggests "the C axis simply obliterates the D-flat axis."48 Thus, it could be said
that the C axis "wins" the war of two keys. Metrically speaking, however, it appears all sense of
meter is defeated. The 5/4 ostinato drops out nine measures before the coda (Example 4.19). At
that moment, the metric states shift from the green and red ski-hill paths in Example 8 to only the
green path. The green 5/2 layer continues until the intense landing on the ffff chord, where the
green ski-hill path, and any sense of meter, dissolves. After this moment, the music is written in
3/4, but the coda does not clearly demarcate any particular meter. Fragments of the ostinato do
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